Responding to the Government’s proposed changes to Small Brewers Relief National Chairman of CAMRA Nik Antona commented:
“Whilst the removal of the cliff edge in the Small Brewers Relief Scheme will benefit many brewers and help successful businesses to grow, CAMRA does not believe this should be achieved at the expense of small brewers.
“Given the impacts of COVID-19 and the lack of support for wet-led pubs and independent producers, the Government should be doing everything it can to support the brewing industry – not ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’ and removing much-needed help from those who already receive it.
“It is clear that the devil will be in the detail of how these changes will work in practice. We’ll be urging the Government to make sure any changes to Small Brewers Relief maintain existing help for small brewers, support as many producers as possible and make sure consumers can continue to enjoy the widest possible choice of local and independent cask ales.”