Approximately 8,000 pubs are expected to participate in the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) Community Pubs Month campaign in April 2013.
With 18 pubs closing every week, this national event encourages all British pubs to sign-up to the campaign and organise a number of events throughout the month to try and entice more trade.
Each pub will receive a free promotional pack and can use the Community Pubs Month website to market their events for free –http://www.communitypubsmonth.org.uk
CAMRA will also launch a number of national press stories in the w/c 25th March that will include new consumer pub research to help raise the profile of pub-going in Britain and the essential role pubs play in community life.
April’s campaign will be followed by three further campaigning months – Pubs & Charity (July 2013), Pubs Are For Life (October 2013) and Pubs: Support the Economy (January 2014).
3 million fewer UK adults visit the pub on a regular basis as beer duty escalator takes its toll
CAMRA organises its biggest ever campaigning event as over 1,200 members descend upon Parliament
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has today (December 12th) organised the biggest campaigning event in its 40 year history as over 1,200 of its members – as well as other members of the beer and pub industry - descend upon Parliament for a Mass Lobby, calling for an end to the damaging beer duty escalator.
Members of the organisation have travelled from across the UK to speak to their MP as new figures show that since the beer duty escalator – a policy causing duty on beer to automatically increase by 2% above inflation every year - was introduced in 2008, the number of regular pub goers* in the UK has declined by a staggering 3 million people. During this period, over 5,800 pubs have been forced to close their doors.
Since 2008, tax on beer has increased by more than 40%, with over a third of every pint pulled in a pub now paid in duty and VAT. The nation’s beer drinkers have to endure one of the highest rates of tax on their pint in Europe, and a 106,000 signature Government e-petition has already forced a Parliamentary debate on the issue, calling on the escalator to be scrapped.
Over 400 MPs will be lobbied by CAMRA members throughout today, and Colin Valentine, CAMRA National Chairman, said:
‘Over the past 40 years there have been few threats to the UK pub industry as severe as the beer duty escalator, which is why so many of our members from across the country have travelled to Westminster to participate in today’s Lobby.
‘Even after a Government e-petition reaching 100,000 signatures, and a Parliamentary debate where MPs present unanimously backed a review of the beer duty escalator, the Government do not appear to have woken up to the crippling social and economic impact their actions are having on valued community pubs.
‘With the nation’s pub closure rate back on the increase, what the Government should be doing is looking at ways to alleviate the burden on struggling pubs, and further recognise their importance as community assets. Such a huge decline in the number of regular pub goers, as seen with today’s figures, is a critical reminder that change needs to happen fast to prevent irreparable damage to community life in the UK, and to save the nation’s proud pub going heritage from being taxed into oblivion.’
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