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Perkins launches the great Chesterfield pub survey!

17 January 2013

Local MP and Labour’s Shadow Pubs Minister, Toby Perkins, today launched a widespread survey of Chesterfield’s pubs.

Toby has written to as many local pubs as he has contact details for, but if any local pubs who have not received a survey and would like one, they can email him at with their name and address and he will send a survey out to them.  All return forms will be kept confidential and anonymous.

Mr Perkins explained: “I recognise that there are a range of challenges when it comes to running a pub and I want to hear from local landlords and licencees about which they think are the most important and what action we can take to overcome them.”

After a recent climbdown from the Tory-led government (you can read more here) a new statutory code to regulate PubCos – the large branded chains who dominate the industry – will soon come before Parliament, making it even more vital for Toby to hear from local Pubs at this time.

Toby added: “I know that other issues have also had an impact on the trade including changing lifestyles and the rise of cheap supermarket alcohol and ‘pre-loading’.  Undoubtedly VAT and duty also have an influence, although it is interesting to note that research from the House of Commons library has recently shown how the Tory-led government’s decision to increase VAT to 20% has added more to the price of a pint over the last two-and-a-half years than the beer duty escalator has.

The answers I get from the survey will be extremely helpful for me at future debates and votes in Parliament and also in my work with the local council and other groups in Chesterfield.

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I am Toby Perkins, Labour's Member of Parliament for Chesterfield. If you would like to get in touch with me, my office is open and can be reached by phone on 01246 386 286. I also hold regular surgeries so that constituents can meet me and I can take up their concerns. If you would like to make an appointment then please do contact my office. Thank you for visiting.

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