Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has joined the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) for an event in the House of Commons to showcase the importance of pubs across the constituency.
The brewing and pub sector makes a huge economic contribution to the Denton and Reddish constituency, figures from a study commissioned by the British Beer and Pub Association show. The sector supports 886 jobs and add £20 million in value to the local economy. However, the contribution of the sector is threatened by a proposed hike in beer tax in the Budget on the 22nd November, which would be on top of the 3.9% increase announced in March.
Gwynne attended the event in the House of Commons where the figures showing the impact were revealed by the BBPA. The study was carried out by leading independent analysts, Oxford Economics. New figures from the BBPA also showed the extent to which pubs across Denton and Reddish are overburdened when it comes to business rates.
Across the country pubs pay five times more in business rates than their share of rateable business turnover while online businesses face a much more benign tax environment – across Denton and Reddish pubs overpay, on average, £11,510 in business rates.
Across the country the beer and pub sector supports almost 900,000 jobs and adds £23bn in value to the UK economy.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Pubs are vital hubs for communities in Tameside and Stockport and are loved by local people, but due to the Tory-led government’s inaction and broken promises on business rates, pubs are closing at their fastest rate.
“It’s time for the Tories to take real action to support small landlords otherwise our area risks losing more pubs, and more jobs.”