Saturday, 14 March 2009

On St. Patrick's Day Why not try to Save the Great British Pub?

With nearly 6 pubs closing every day of the week, and local pubs under threat, we believe that the Government should be doing more to save the Great British pub.

33% of the price of every pint goes in Beer Tax to the Chancellor. Now the Government plans to increase beer tax further.

We are calling on the Government to help save our pubs and safeguard jobs by: Cutting taxes on lower alcohol drinks such as low alcohol beers and raising taxes on problem drinks like high strength ciders and alcopops in order to use the tax system to target binge drinking whilst ensuring that responsible drinkers and the traditional British pub are not unfairly penalised. Enforcing existing laws to deal firmly with irresponsible drinkers & premises. Trusting adults to make informed choices, not punish them for the actions of an irresponsible minority. Supporting the British pub as a vital part of local communities.

Sign our petition to show your support.

Jeremy Hunt, Shadow Culture Secretary:

"We all have our favourite local pub but up and down the country people have been losing theirs. Not only are they a critical part of our heritage but they are often hubs for local communities helping social groups, sports clubs and often even the village shop."

"For too long the Government has tried to tackle binge drinking by punishing responsible drinkers and landlords. With massive tax hikes and heavy-handed regulation, all Labour will succeed in doing is closing down more pubs. This has to stop. We should be proud of our brewers and proud of our pub industry and do what we can to support them - which is why we are launching this campaign."

Giles McNeill said:

"The future of British pubs are under threat and we must do all we can to save ensure their survival. Pubs are often small, family-run businesses - they are the social heart of our communities, they provide jobs and support the British brewing industry. Now, in the face of great adversity, we must do all we can to save our local pub so I urge people to go to the pub and celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Pint of Guinness? Bailey's anyone?"

Giles McNeill and Jeremy Hunt MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport

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