London and East Midlands the hardest hit as 18 pubs a week shut across the UK

In the last five years, four out of five people in the UK have experienced one local pub closure, while just over one in five have seen five or more shut their doors, according to new research conducted by YouGov.

The data comes as the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) reveals its latest pub closures statistics, showing 18 per week with the hardest hit areas being Greater London and the East Midlands.

The figures reveal the problems pubs face, such as high beer duty and rising business rates.

In light of the new statistics, CAMRA has called on the Government to abandon any upcoming increases to the tax paid by pubs in November’s budget.

Current plans will see Beer Duty rise by around 2p per pint, and pubs are set to lose £1,000 in business rate relief.

Pubs contribute £23.1 billion to the UK economy annually, and CAMRA’s national chairman, Jackie Parker thinks something needs to be done.

She said: “The latest YouGov findings, coupled with our own pub closure figures, paint a dismal picture for our pubs. As taxes continue to rise, more people are choosing to drink at home and as a consequence, pubs are closing down. It’s a vicious cycle.”

She added: “Pub closures make us all poorer by reducing overall tax revenues raised by the pub sector and weakening community life in areas where valued pubs close. Fundamental change is needed if the British pub is to survive for future generations. We are urging the Government to take action to secure the future of our pubs by relieving the tax burden.”

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