East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is one of the sponsors of a cross-party Parliamentary motion calling on the Government to extend rate relief for pubs.
In April 2014 the business rate relief that pubs currently enjoy will come to an end. Sir Greg is campaigning for the Government to extend the relief and conduct a review of pub business rates.
Sir Greg, a long term campaigner for pubs, points out that “80% of pubs are small businesses employing local people and business rates form a large part of their fixed expenses”.
He adds: “Across Britain pubs are still closing at an alarming rate, especially small family owned pubs in rural areas. The Government is to be applauded for cutting the beer tax and red tape for pubs and I now hope they will look at the` matter of business rates”.