Key Campaigns update

Key Campaign:   Stop Tax Killing Beer & Pubs


Ahead of the Chancellor’s Budget announcement on 18 March we   have been working hard to try and secure a historic third consecutive cut in   beer duty.

To put forward the case we commissioned a report from the Centre for Economic   and Business Research (Cebr) which highlights the benefits of two consecutive   beer duty cuts and how they have benefitted beer drinkers and pub-goers. We   are launching the report on Monday, 23 February.

We urge all   members to write to their MPs ahead of the announcement to ensure this year   is yet another success for beer drinkers.


Key Campaign:   Secure an Effective Government Support Package for Pubs


We continue to put pressure on the Government to strengthen   planning laws in England to protect pubs from being demolished or converted   without a say from the community. Last month, almost 4,000 members lobbied   their local MPs to support an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill which   would close those planning loopholes. The Government has bowed to the mounting   pressure by promising urgent action to protect current and future pubs listed   as Assets of Community Value. These changes should come into effect before   the General Election.

While we still want the Government to go further in protecting all pubs   through planning laws this is a great first step in the right direction. We   are now urging members to start listing their local pub as an Asset of   Community Value before they are under threat.

For more   information on how to list your local please visit our campaigns page on the   CAMRA website or contact our   planning advisor Matt Brown by email. 


About Andy Cullen

Andy has been actively involved in CAMRA since the early 2000s after being recruited to sit on a National Younger Members Task Group. Since then he has held roles on the branch committee including Secretary, Membership Secretary, Magazine Editor, Chair and now Social Secretary. Andy has also been involved with the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival almost every year since becoming active in the branch.

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