BBPA welcomes additional furlough support from Rishi
Sunak until March 2021

The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade
association representing brewers and pubs, has today welcomed the
extension of the full furlough scheme from Chancellor Rishi Sunak
to March 2021.

The trade association said the extension showed that the
Government had listened to the sector’s call for additional
immediate help. 

Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer
& Pub Association, said: 

“The Chancellor has listened to our concerns on the impact of
coronavirus measures on the sector and delivered on some of the
immediate support we need. 

“The extension of the full furlough scheme until March 2021
will give businesses some certainty on the support they need for
the difficult months ahead. It also recognises that tier three
restrictions have the same devastating financial impact on our pubs
and brewers as a full lockdown. This will give some comfort to our
staff and provide our businesses with a better chance to survive
these unprecedented times.

“The additional and upweighted support for the self-employed
will also help many self-employed publicans. 

“We are also grateful for the hard work of Members of
Parliament who have pressed the Government to deliver for our
sector. 

“We will need to use the time in lockdown to review the
current restrictions within the tiering system to ensure they are
effective, proportionate and fair. We also need a longer-term
stimulus package for our sector that enables it to play a leading
role in the social and economic recovery. This requires an
extension of the VAT cut and the Business Rates holiday, as well as
a significant beer duty cut. If such a stimulus package is
forthcoming, we will begin to see the light is at the end of the
tunnel for our sector in this immensely difficult period.â€

Press release from the BBPA

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