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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Press Release - CAMRA Welcomes Parliamentary Beer Group Recommendations

Community Pub Inquiry published today

Beer Consumer group, the Campaign for Real Ale has warmly welcomed the publication this morning of the Community Pub Inquiry, following over two years of investigation by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group.

Mike Benner, CAMRA Chief Executive, said: "Following an in-depth review of the issues and challenges facing Britain's valued community pubs, the APPBG delivers its recommendations to Government this morning. I am delighted that these focus on urging Government to provide better support for community pubs including an urgent review of price differentials between pubs and supermarkets and the role of excise duty, rewarding pubs for community contribution through rate relief and that planning loopholes which lead to unnecessary pub closures are closed. The report calls upon the Government to champion community pubs as small businesses and essential community amenities."

In its evidence to the inquiry, CAMRA suggested a reduced rate of duty and/or VAT on draught beer and is delighted to see this recommended to the government by the APPBG today.

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