Trade group targets general election

LOWER taxes and reduced regulation will be two of the issues targeted by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) as it lobbies UK political parties ahead of next year’s general election.

The organisation has published a manifesto covering the key points it believes will ensure a “thriving beer and pub sector” in the years ahead. Among the key points are further cuts in duty for beer, reduced business rates for pubs and a lower rate of VAT for pub and restaurant meals.
The trade group also wants Westminster to commit to a moratorium on further licensing regulation and a commitment to supporting the tied pub model.
“With the general election just months away, our focus is on persuading politicians that with the right policies, we can have a thriving beer and pub sector serving local communities, and with investment and employment growth,” said BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds. “Our manifesto will help us to make a clear and strong case on all these issues, with a further duty cut in the Budget in March 2015 our immediate priority.”