BBPA welcomes Chancellor’s furlough extension announcement

British Beer and Pub Association has responded to the announcement made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, that the furlough scheme would be extended by an extra month.

Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive, commented, “Extending the furlough scheme and committing to a Government contribution of 80% through to the end of April is a hugely positive move.

'With today’s regional tiering review meaning 85% of England’s pubs are now closed or unviable under tier two or tier three restrictions, Government support is more critical than ever.

“I hope the Government will now turn its focus to a support package to protect hospitality businesses as well as committing to a roadmap out of this crisis in line with the vaccine rollout. Pubs and brewers need enhanced grant support, extended business rates holidays and VAT reductions and a cut to the rate of tax on beer.

'It is only with that kind of backing that Britain’s brewers and pubs will be in a position to reopen, continue to employ all those staff currently furloughed and help lead the much-needed economic recovery.”