Published: 9th Mar 2021

The nation’s pubs could play a key role in the government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda for economic and social renewal, according to a new report. A new report by the think tank Localis claims pubs are ‘a key part of the foundational economy in our cities and towns’ It adds that pubs support 884,860 jobs across the UK, £12.1bn of wages, and £23.4bn of GVA across the country and form a ‘vital part of social infrastructure in place and are anchors that tie the community together’, particularly in rural towns and villages. The report argues that an end to all current restrictions must end on 21 June to all pubs to return to viable trading. It also calls on the Treasury to further reduce the tax burden on the pub sector to aid the recovery and recommends local councils issue license fee refunds – paid for by the Treasury – for … (To read the full article, subscribe below)