The Chancellor has been urged to take decisive action on business rates reform, hospitality VAT and post-Brexit excise duty by a coalition of industry and consumer hospitality bodies ahead of his spring statement next week.
Two pubs a day have either been demolished or converted into other types of use such as homes and offices since last April’s business rates changes, according to analysis of Government data by real estate adviser Altus Group.
Industry bodies have called on the Government to look at a number of key aspects that could "revitalise the gaming machine sector" for pubs, including raising the stakes and prizes and slashing red tape and fees for venues.
A four-week consultation on plans to extend pub opening hours for the upcoming royal wedding, which would give a £10m boost to the trade, has been largely welcomed by industry insiders - although some believe it is "barking up the wrong tree".
The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has called on the Government to introduce strict regulations for all public premises that serve food or drink to cut down on plastic wastage and to provide free drinking water on request.
During a debate this week, members who served on the House of Lords Licensing Act 2003 committee said they were "disappointed" in the Government's "delayed and defensive" response to their report, which said the legislation needs...