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Small Businesses: Beer

Treasury written question – answered on 29th June 2020.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, will he bring forward proposals to extend the business rates relief and grant support for pubs and the hospitality sector to include British-owned small independent breweries.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The business rates holiday means that an estimated additional 350,000 properties used for retail, hospitality or leisure will pay no business rates in 2020-21, saving these businesses almost £10 billion.

Local Authorities can also choose to make discretionary grants through the Government’s central discretionary fund, worth £617million, to businesses such as breweries if they feel there is a particular local economic need. To support pubs and breweries during this time, HMRC have made it easier to claim back the duty on any beer thrown away as a result of pub closures.

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