Public Houses: Non-domestic Rates

Treasury written question – answered on 17th September 2018.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending Business Rate Relief for pubs after the 2018-19 tax year.

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Exchequer Secretary

The government remains clear on its support for pubs, which are a vital part of local communities.

Pubs are benefiting from wider action on alcohol duty and business rates. Autumn Budget 2017 announced a freeze to all alcohol duties, including beer duty. Cuts to alcohol taxes since 2013 mean the average tax on a typical pint of beer is estimated to be 12p lower than it otherwise would have been. Pubs are also benefiting from recent cuts to business rates worth over £10 billion by 2023.

All taxes are kept under review. Future decisions on business rates will be taken as part of the normal Budget process.

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