The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) yesterday launched its manifesto for brewers and pubs ahead of the upcoming General Election. The BBPA said minister and shadow leader of the House of Commons Lucy Powell welcomed the document and the role of brewers and pubs in Britain’s future prosperity. 

The speakers were joined by representatives from breweries and pub companies in the UK, alongside around 30 other MPs who heard about the problems the sector is facing as well as the support it needs.

Alongside the BBPA’s pre-existing demands for lower beer duty, long-term business rates, and a 12.5% hospitality VAT rate, the manifesto also called for providing incentives and tax relief for green investments and an immediate review and holistic business impact assessment of the current packaging waste and collection reforms. 

BBPA chief executive Emma McClarkin said: “We have created this manifesto for Britain’s brewers and pubs to make clear to political parties of all colours what this vital sector of the UK economy needs to grow and prosper. Intelligent investment from government in the nation’s pubs and brewers will allow them to keep investing in their people and the economy, while continuing in their role at the heart of our communities. 

“With the beer and pub sector supporting over 900,000 jobs and providing £26 billion of value to the economy, it is clear any future government must get brewers and pubs thriving if they want to achieve long-term, nationwide economic growth, and that is what the policies in this manifesto will allow.”