Bridlington’s MP Sir Greg Knight is supporting work in parliament encouraging the Government to help struggling pubs.
He is one of the sponsors of a cross-party motion, which wants to see further steps taken to help reduce the tax burden on pubs, which will ‘enshrine the valuable role the great British pub plays in UK society’.
Sir Greg, a long-term campaigner on the issue, said: “Pubs provide employment for over 900,000 people and contribute £23 billion to the economy. However, figures just released show that 18 pubs are still closing every week.
“Across Britain pubs are still closing at an alarming rate, especially small family-owned pubs in rural areas.
“80% of pubs are run as small businesses, employing local people and in many cases the pub is effectively the ‘hub’ of the local village community, so it is vital that the Government does everything possible to help them keep their doors open.”
The motion notes that recent changes in planning law and taxation have helped the industry, but wants further action.
Sir Greg added: “The Government is to be applauded for cutting the beer duty, extending rate relief for pubs until March 2019 and reducing red tape but there
is still more that can be done and it is important that this issue is kept high on the agenda.”