Pub News - Ban the lot of them!
Licensing minister Gerry Sutcliffe has suggested the government was wrong to increase alcohol taxes in the Budget.
He told a newspaper pubs were "right to be upset" - but he later distanced himself from the remarks saying he actually supported the price rises.
The Publican - Home - Budget will cause 8,000 pub closures
A pubco chief has today sent out a “Mayday warning” to the government, claiming that 8,000 pubs face closure as a result of the Budget.
Speaking to MPs, supermarket representatives and trade figures in Parliament, Jonathan Neame, chief executive of Shepherd Neame, said there was “visceral resentment” towards government as a result of the tax hikes on alcohol.
"It’s too late to save some pubs. The implication is profound. When history looks back, it will remember two things: the needless loss of pubs and the arrogance and thoughtlessness of government.”