The Scottish Beer & Pub Association has launched a campaign for a Pubs Ministerial role to be created in the Scottish Government.
Paul Togneri, of the Scottish Beer & Pub Association said, “The time is right to create a Pubs Minister, a champion at the heart of government. Our manifesto sets out a clear plan to secure the role of Scotland’s pubs at the heart of communities. The Pubs Minister could help address the burden of business rates on the sector, support skills and apprenticeships, drive innovation and investment, and help rural pubs.”
The SBPA cites pressures such as the UK Living Wage and the new drink driving limit has added to the challenges facing the industry.
Amongst the top priorities for the SBPA is further action on business rates, support for a new apprenticeship scheme, a pilot fund for improving connectivity and transport in rural areas and continued support for lowering beer duty.
A copy of the manifesto can be found at http://www.scottishbeerandpub.com