Toby Perkins MP has given his support to a campaign to a CAMRA campaign to prevent tax rises crippling the pub industry.

The pandemic has hit many areas in and around Chesterfield. The pub and hospitality industry have been inundated with new rules and regulations due to the public health crisis.

Throughout Chesterfield, Staveley and beyond, people are starting to meet up again and enjoy a pint at their local. However, pubs are facing further challenges with the amount of duty that is levied on beer, business rates, and VAT rates.

That is why Toby is backing the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) campaign “Long Live the Local”.

Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves recently announced Labour’s plan to take small and medium sized businesses out of business rates altogether, allowing for independent shops and hospitality to be supported.

The government need to do more to support hospitality and the return to relative normality. It is important that pubs are supported throughout the summer and in the spending review.

Toby has been contacted by hundreds of constituents in recent weeks who have got in touch with their concerns for the industry. Many have been pub landlords who are concerned with rising prices and possible cost implications to their business.

Toby stated “The pandemic has caused a large amount of damage to our hospitality industry, pubs and breweries are some of the businesses that have suffered most from the lack of customers. Earlier this year, I was the primary sponsor of the early day motion 1233, which sought urgent action by the government to stop the rapid closure of pubs up and down the country, which continues happen at an alarming rate”.

He added “I have long been a supporter of a reduction in beer duty. Chesterfield being at the brunt of restrictions during the back end of last year was a further hammer blow to our town’s pubs. Throughout Covid, I was proud been standing up for pubs and hospitality and have been calling on the Government to give greater support to this industry. As someone who is passionate about keeping our local pubs open, I will continue to make the case to the Government to give our pubs a better deal”.

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