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Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 9th September 2013.

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Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Conservative, Pendle

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to make communities aware of the Community Right to Bid as a way of protecting local pubs from closure.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Communities and Local Government

My Department has taken a number of steps to make communities aware of the Community Right to Bid as a way of protecting pubs from closure, including:

Promoting the Right to Bid through business partners such as the Plunkett Foundation, who work closely with communities concerning assets of community value.

Supporting the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) in their ‘List your Local’ campaign to get 300 communities to have listed their local pub by the end of 2013.

Hosting a seminar in July 2013 facilitated by DCLG, CAMRA, Pub is the Hub, Plunkett Foundation, Locality and Co-ops UK. Communities were invited to come along and discuss with experts how to protect their local pubs, including through the Community Right to Bid. Also present were representatives from the Ivy House pub in Nunhead, London, the first pub to be listed as an asset of community value and which has recently re-opened.

Utilising social media including promotion of Community Right to Bid on Twitter.

Personally promoting the Community Right to Bid wherever possible, including speaking engagements such as my speech at the Great British Beer Festival on 13 August.

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