Non-domestic Rates: Public Houses

Treasury written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Danielle Rowley Danielle Rowley Labour, Midlothian

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of altering business rates to support local pubs.

Photo of Mel Stride Mel Stride Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General

The UK Government has introduced wide-ranging cuts to business rates benefitting all ratepayers in England that are worth more than £13bn over the next five years. They include a £1,000 discount for small and medium pubs in 2017-18 and 2018-19, and a retail discount of one third for two years from April 2019, for which pubs will be eligible. The pubs sector will also benefit from the Budget 2018 freeze on beer duty.

As business rates are devolved, business rates policy in Scotland is a matter for the Scottish Government. The UK Government is providing Barnett consequential funding so the Devolved Administrations may provide similar support if they wish.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.