Lobbying for the great British pub

Paul Thomas with members of the Kent Fed, Roger Steer, Keith Clark and Alan Moore

With pubs facing impending rate rises it could mean more closures on top of the 21 per week we are currently experiencing. The British pub boosts the economy by £21 billion a year, contributes to our thriving tourism sector and is a part of the fabric of British society.

Paul Thomas, MD of Ivor Thomas Amusements, joined the Kent Federation of LVA’s on their visit to the House of Commons last Month. It was arranged by John Brice, Chairman of Medway LVA, to lobby MPs about the rates change, and other issues impacting on pubs.

Paul Thomas said, “We spoke directly to Rochester and Strood MP, Kelly Tolhurst, and Thanet South MP, Craig Mackinley, who both listened to our concerns. With supermarkets now selling more beer than pubs we are hoping the Chancellor will not increase the price of a pint of beer in this month’s forthcoming budget.”

Other points raised with the MPs included:

  • Cutting tax on beer in the forthcoming budget
  • Cutting VAT in pubs to give a level playing field with supermarkets
  • Social impact of pubs closing
  • The price of beer duty compared to other European countries