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Business Rates On British Pubs

EDM number 759 in 2015-16, proposed by Greg Mulholland on 24/11/2015.
Categorised under the topics of Leisure, Service industries and Taxation.

That this House is concerned with the disproportionate business rates being paid by British pubs, with the pub sector paying the second highest business rates bill in the UK; notes that the pub sector's total tax bill comes to £7.3 billion, or £140,000 per pub; is frustrated that pubs, which form a core part of many communities and create local jobs and business, are paying such a high amount, £800 million more than the gambling and betting sector; recognises the threat the disproportionate business rates pose to community pubs, and the damage losing these pubs will have on communities across the UK; notes that the pub sector pays six times the justifiable amount of business rates, the sector accounting for 0.5 per cent of the UK's turnover, but paying 2.8 per cent of the UK's total business rates bill; welcomes previous reductions on beer duty but notes that this is on beer and on beer sold anywhere, so calls on HM Treasury to reduce the unfair and onerous burden of business rates on British pubs by freezing the business rate multiplier, extending Small Business Rates Relief and applying Retail Relief, which would provide pubs with a rateable value of £50,000 with a discount and to look again at the way pub business rates are calculated; and calls on the Government to look at further ways directly to support British pubs through the tax system considering their importance to local communities as well as the local and national economy.

This motion has been signed by a total of 10 MPs.

Greg Mulholland24/11/2015Leeds North WestLiberal DemocratProposed
Alan Meale25/11/2015MansfieldLabourSeconded
Caroline Lucas26/11/2015Brighton, PavilionGreenSeconded
Peter Bottomley26/11/2015Worthing WestConservativeSeconded
Danny Kinahan30/11/2015South AntrimUUPSeconded
Roger Godsiff01/12/2015Birmingham, Hall GreenLabourSeconded
Mark Williams02/12/2015CeredigionLiberal DemocratSigned
Ronnie Campbell07/12/2015Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Andrew Rosindell10/12/2015RomfordConservativeSigned
Rosie Cooper14/12/2015West LancashireLabourSigned

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