The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has helped to launch Community Pubs Month in April by outlining a plan-of-action for British pubs.
Camra is calling on the UK government and local authorities to both protect and promote local policies, change current planning laws in order to safeguard pubs from altering their use, and encourage pub companies to back Camra’s campaigns throughout the year.
Furthermore, Camra is asking consumers to celebrate the termination of the beer duty escalator in April. Camra’s chief executive Mike Benner said: “The chancellor has become the toast of Britain’s cash-strapped beer drinkers and we should now be paying around 10p less per pub pint than they would have been had the escalator remained in place. This is a massive victory for Britain’s 15 million beer drinkers and we are urging people to celebrate in their local throughout Community Pubs Month.”
A recent study revealed that 42 per cent of Brits are using pubs less frequently than they used to, and so Camra believes that these changes will encourage more people to head to their local.
As part of Community Pubs Month, Camra will be kick-starting four national campaigns; all of which will last ten months. The main aim behind these initiatives will be to develop pub-going as a pastime and to increase the number of people who choose to go to their local pub. This in turn will create new hospitality jobs and offer a healthy boost to local economies.
Mr Benner added: “There is now a need for everyone to work together to help reverse the decline in pub-going and put this great British industry firmly back on the map.”
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