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31st January 2022

BBPA response to the lifting of restrictions in Wales

Responding to the lifting of restrictions in Wales, Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the Welsh Beer and Pub Association said:

“Restrictions in Wales decimated consumer confidence and in-turn our trade which is why we are delighted to see the back of these measures from today. It is hugely positive to see how comfortable the public now feel about returning to their local and office workers can do their bit by visiting their old pre-pandemic haunts.

“We are grateful for the support the sector has received, however, there is much more to be done to secure the long-term survival of our much-loved pubs and breweries. We are calling on the Welsh Government to support our calls to extend the current lower level of VAT, lower beer duty, and introduce business rates reform that reduces the disproportionate burden paid by pubs. With the right support we stand ready to re-ignite the Welsh Economy.”

Press release from the Welsh Beer and Pub Association