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20th June 2024

SNP manifesto: VAT cut would help pubs survive and thrive, say CAMRA

Responding to the publication of the SNP’s General Election manifesto, CAMRA Chairman Nik Antona said:

“CAMRA welcomes the SNP’s commitment in their General Election manifesto for introducing a lower rate of VAT for hospitality businesses.

“Cutting VAT, including on beer and cider served in pubs and social clubs in recognition of their community value, is undoubtedly the right thing to do. With many pubs and breweries are operating with extremely slim profit margins as a result of rising prices, costs and energy bills, cutting VAT specifically for beer and cider would ease financial burdens to help the beer and pubs sector survive and thrive, and stem the rate of business closures which deprives communities of their local.

“We look forward to working with MPs in the next UK Parliament to push for a fairer tax system for pubs, social clubs, breweries and cider producers and the consumers that they serve.”


Notes to editors:

CAMRA is urging the public to contact their MP candidates in the run up to the General Election. Email your General Election candidates now with the Campaign’s e-lobby:

CAMRA’s General Election manifesto and our campaigning priorities for the next UK Government – including fairer tax, consumer rights, planning protections and better business rates for pubs – is now on our website. See our asks for the next UK Government here:

About CAMRA:

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is a not-for-profit consumer group with over 150,000 members that has been operating since 1971. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community.

Media Contact:  

CAMRA Press Office:

01727 337863

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