In a letter to Chancellor George Osborne, the organisations state that the end of the relief, which would see business rates increase by 2.6 per cent at the start of the next financial year, is a ‘ticking time bomb for UK pubs’.
It comes as a new Early Day Motion (EDM 599) from Charlotte Leslie MP has been tabled in Parliament, calling for a review of the revaluation process for pub business rates to ensure that the valuation accurately reflects a pub's actual turnover.
“Business rates can be up to ten per cent of a pub’s costs,” said the BBPA’s chief executive Brigid Simmonds. “Let’s hope the Government builds on the excellent decision to cut beer duty, with more tax policies that help small businesses like pubs.”
Camra’s chief executive Mike Benner added: “The burden placed by business rates on many pubs is too high and action is needed to address this. An extension of small businesses rate relief would be a positive first step.”