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West Norfolk sees more pubs for first time in over a decade

West Norfolk sees more pubs for first time in over a decade

Published by KLFM
5:39am 24th January 2020. (Updated at 6:00am 26th January 2020)

West Norfolk has seen a rise in the number of pubs for the first time in over a decade.

We've got 90 public houses in the area - around 5 more than last year but it's still fewer than the 120 open in 2007.

Industry bodies have cautiously welcomed rise but have called for tax breaks to ensure the survival of the “great British pub”.

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The figures from the Office for National Statistics shows that the introduction of the smoking ban in the same year, the impact of the Great Recession and a rise in alcohol duty in 2008 have all been blamed for landlords calling last orders since.

While the number of locals across the UK has dropped in the long-term, there are more employees working in pubs on average than a decade ago.

In 2007, the average pub in the UK employed five people. Now, the figure stands at eight.

In King's Lynn and West Norfolk, a similar trend has been seen, with the average pub employing seven staff in 2019, up from four in 2007.

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National chairman of the Campaign for Real Ale Nik Antona “cautiously” welcomed the fact that pubs – especially smaller ones – appeared to be bouncing back after years of closures. He said:

“Unfortunately pubs continue to close across the country, particularly in small or rural communities”

“This means the loss of the social, cultural and economic benefits that come with a well-run local.”

Camra is calling on the Government to review business rates and lower the tax rate on beer sold in pubs.

Mr Antona added: 

“We urge that these asks are reflected in the forthcoming Budget to help save the great British pub.”

The British Beer and Pub Association agreed, saying that “policy makers have a great opportunity in the March Budget to help pubs flourish”.

A Treasury spokesman said:

“Small pubs and bars are part of the heart and soul of our communities – so it’s great news they are on the rise.

“We’re committed to giving them support, which is why we will be cutting their bills in half through the business rates retail discount plus further support with a new pubs relief.”

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