Wirral Euro MP in plea to save pubs

Wirral Globe: Wirral Euro MP Paul Nuttall in plea to save pubs Wirral Euro MP Paul Nuttall in plea to save pubs

FIGURES showing Britain has lost 10,000 pubs in a decade have been greeted with dismay by Wirral Euro MP Paul Nuttall.

The statistic show four pubs a week are closing down in the North West.

Nationally, 26 are closing per week – more than 1,000 a year.

Many commentators believe the pub smoking ban introduced in July 2007 and a tax regime that favours supermarkets over pubs are responsible.

Earlier this year two further Wirral pubs called last orders after bids to find a buyer failed.

The Chronicle in Bebington and The Ravenscroft in Heswall both closed their doors for the last time on January 6 after the Bramwell Pub Company – of which both were a part– fell into administration last October.

"And sadly more will close especially if tax and costs keep rising," Mr Nuttall warned today.

"In the North West alone, where nearly 20,000 jobs depend on the region's 14 breweries and 1049 pubs, four a week are closing.

“And this at a time when jobs are scarce and people are struggling to get by.

"It cannot be right that supermarkets pay 1.5p in tax on a pint of beer yet pubs pay 15p," added Mr Nuttall, UKIP deputy leader.

"The pub trade has always been a vital component in community life but it has been steadily eroded over the last ten years and although the number closing each week has slowed down it is a trend that is still continuing.

"Pubs are being treated unfairly by the financial levies imposed and this situation needs to be addressed urgently.

"The Government should be helping ease their financial burden and guaranteeing a level playing field so supermarkets do not have an unfair advantage with cut-price booze prices.”

He added: "Pubs were badly hit with the smoking ban and those that want to have properly-ventilated rooms set aside for smokers should be able to do so.

“That one move alone could help some pubs from disappearing forever."

Action on Smoking and Health says the ban has been hugely beneficial.

"It is one of the most important public health acts in the last century,” said a spokesman.

The ban was popular with British adults when it was implemented - and a 2012 poll of more than 12,000 people found that 78% of adults still support it.

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10:43am Mon 24 Feb 14

WirralAl says...

Common sense at last. They do it in Germany so why not here.
Common sense at last. They do it in Germany so why not here. WirralAl

12:20pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Llamedos 1 says...

Short-sighted business that have banned totally harmless e.cigarettes are contributing to their own downfall. The Hungry Horse Group and Whetherspoons as I understand it have banned e.cigarettes so guess who will never be setting foot in there again......I would urge all e.cigarette users to do the same.
Short-sighted business that have banned totally harmless e.cigarettes are contributing to their own downfall. The Hungry Horse Group and Whetherspoons as I understand it have banned e.cigarettes so guess who will never be setting foot in there again......I would urge all e.cigarette users to do the same. Llamedos 1

1:48pm Mon 24 Feb 14

tiprat says...

Wirral doesn't have any Euro MP's
Wirral doesn't have any Euro MP's tiprat

2:53pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Dantealighieri says...

Quite right Paul, more common sense from UKIP. Better solution than a ventilated room, alter the law and allow pubs decide whether they are smoking or no smoking. That would then give people that wonderful thing called choice.
Quite right Paul, more common sense from UKIP. Better solution than a ventilated room, alter the law and allow pubs decide whether they are smoking or no smoking. That would then give people that wonderful thing called choice. Dantealighieri

6:57pm Mon 24 Feb 14

chas says...

A good ventilation system will get rid of about 99% of all cigarette smoke.
A good ventilation system will get rid of about 99% of all cigarette smoke. chas

8:40pm Mon 24 Feb 14

marma495 says...

I see the ASH spokesman is talking out of their backside again. The blanket smoking ban was the most regressive, cruel, vicious act of vandalism ever foisted on the British public. Was,nt popular then and it certainly has,nt improved with time.
I see the ASH spokesman is talking out of their backside again. The blanket smoking ban was the most regressive, cruel, vicious act of vandalism ever foisted on the British public. Was,nt popular then and it certainly has,nt improved with time. marma495

8:36pm Sun 2 Mar 14

benny07 says...

why did,nt the smoking ,law,just be in the lounges of pubs or pubs for smokers only,or were pubs serve food & family areas,& BASICALLY LEAVE IT UP TO THE LANDLORD,?? ,easy,,WELL THIS IS WHY AMERICAN TOBACCO ,& IMPERIAL TOBACCO,ONLY SUPPLY FUNDS TO THE TORY PARTY,,LABOUR ASKED TO BE FUNDED BY BOTH OF THESE COMPANYS ,OF COURSE THEY REFUSED,& LOW & BEHOLD,THE SMOKING BAN IN PUBS BECAME LAW 2 YEARS LATER,,SO THERE YOU HAVE IT LABOUR BURIED THE PUBS IN THE UK ALONG WITH ,MILLIONS OF FULL & PART TIME JOBS,& SELLING IT TO THE PUBLIC ON HEALTH GROUNDS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST LIES OF THE CENTURY,,STILL THE TORIES & LABOUR TOFFS WILL BUY UP AS MANY PUBS AS POSS,FOR PEANUTS,,THE BEST ONES AROUND THE UK.THEN RELAX THE NO SMOKING LAW,,& THAT IS A FACT,.!!,DONT BE SUPRISED ,IT WILL HAPPEN BEFORE THE NEXT GENERAL ELLECTION,..
why did,nt the smoking ,law,just be in the lounges of pubs or pubs for smokers only,or were pubs serve food & family areas,& BASICALLY LEAVE IT UP TO THE LANDLORD,?? ,easy,,WELL THIS IS WHY AMERICAN TOBACCO ,& IMPERIAL TOBACCO,ONLY SUPPLY FUNDS TO THE TORY PARTY,,LABOUR ASKED TO BE FUNDED BY BOTH OF THESE COMPANYS ,OF COURSE THEY REFUSED,& LOW & BEHOLD,THE SMOKING BAN IN PUBS BECAME LAW 2 YEARS LATER,,SO THERE YOU HAVE IT LABOUR BURIED THE PUBS IN THE UK ALONG WITH ,MILLIONS OF FULL & PART TIME JOBS,& SELLING IT TO THE PUBLIC ON HEALTH GROUNDS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST LIES OF THE CENTURY,,STILL THE TORIES & LABOUR TOFFS WILL BUY UP AS MANY PUBS AS POSS,FOR PEANUTS,,THE BEST ONES AROUND THE UK.THEN RELAX THE NO SMOKING LAW,,& THAT IS A FACT,.!!,DONT BE SUPRISED ,IT WILL HAPPEN BEFORE THE NEXT GENERAL ELLECTION,.. benny07

3:10pm Wed 19 Mar 14

sandals_wearer says...

' "It cannot be right that supermarkets pay 1.5p in tax on a pint of beer yet pubs pay 15p," added Mr Nuttall'. Well it wouldn't be were it true. Pubs and supermarkets pay the same amount of duty and the same rate of VAT on a pint of beer.
' "It cannot be right that supermarkets pay 1.5p in tax on a pint of beer yet pubs pay 15p," added Mr Nuttall'. Well it wouldn't be were it true. Pubs and supermarkets pay the same amount of duty and the same rate of VAT on a pint of beer. sandals_wearer

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