UK pubs must be allowed to sell alcohol when they re-open

UK pubs must be allowed to sell alcohol when they re-open

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James Candlin started this petition to Parliament

Like many industries, the hospitality industry has suffered tremendously throughout the pandemic, as have their suppliers and customers.

The currently circulating proposal to allow pubs to re-open in April 2021 without the ability to sell alcohol is plainly and indisputably absurd as well as a risk to much needed economic improvement

Whilst it might be argued that people are less likely to abide by social distancing rules when intoxicated, the fact stands that it is now and always has been the responsibility of the landlord to prevent and respond to such behaviour appropriately. We should continue to trust them to do so.

An underappreciated fact is that our pubs facilitate social cohesion. They allow a space for a vibrant society where ideas are freely and openly exchanged between friends & strangers alike. Not to mention our pubs account for approximately £23 billion of UK GDP (Source: thecaterer.com) - we must do what we can to ensure this continues to be the case.

Whilst the government has provided support such as reduced VAT and the job retention scheme, the fact is that this support must be funded somehow. We therefore cannot jeopardise the ability of our pubs to pay taxes and support the economy.

They cannot do this with the sale of food alone. The sale of alcohol must be allowed to drive the revenues from which they will ultimately pay suppliers (facilitating trade and growth) as well as their tax liabilities.

With as many as 87 million pints of beer being poured away during lockdown (Source: BBC website) and almost 6,000 licensed premises being lost in 2020 (Source: The Guardian), our vital, community driven public houses must be protected against any further absurd, counter-productive, damaging policies such as the proposal to allow them to re-open whilst banning the sale of alcohol.

Please sign and share the petition - it might just be your local which manages to survive the pandemic with a bit of help!

Just remember that if we lose them, it will not be so easy to get them back...

'Change your hearts or you will lose your Inns and you will deserve to have lost them. But when you have lost your Inns drown your empty selves, for you will have lost the last of England' - Hilaire Belloc

 

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