Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

Consumers blame high taxes and supermarket prices for pub closures

11 August 2016 by
Consumers blame high taxes and supermarket prices for pub closures

Consumers blame low supermarket prices and high rents and wholesale beer prices charged by pub-owning property companies for pub closures.

A survey on behalf of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) found the UK general public think pubs are being "forced out of business" by low supermarket prices, high beer taxes, and high rents and wholesale beer prices charged by pub-owning property companies.

Carried out by YouGov, the survey asked more than 2,000 consumers what they thought was the reason for recent pub closures. Some 82% said the cost of alcohol in supermarkets was responsible. High taxes, including beer duty, VAT and business rates had a large impact on pubs going out of business, 69% of those surveyed thought.

Figures released by Camra showed the rate of pub closures has slowed from 27 to 21 per week, but Camra chairman Colin Valentine said the rate of closures was still "alarming and unacceptably high".

"We've long campaigned for a fairer deal for publicans from the property companies which own their pubs and have seen recent success in the introduction of the Pubs Code and the appointment of a Pubs Code Adjudicator," he said. "People clearly agree with us that the level of tax charged on beer and on pubs is too high and needs to be addressed. Again, Camra and the beer and pub industry has seen some success in persuading the government to abolish the beer duty escalator and cut tax over the last few years, but Ministers need to go further in supporting the industry."

Pub closure rates slowing, says Camra >>

The Pubs Code comes into force >>

BBPA slams Pubs Code as unworkable >>

The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.

close

Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking