Four in 10 pubs 'may soon close without extra support'

The BBPA also called for pubs to have access to the job retention scheme beyond June and urged longer-term measures such as reduced VAT rates for the hospitality sector and a cut in beer duty. “The government must understand that the current financial support they are giving, although welcome, does not go anywhere near enough to help pubs in an extended lockdown or when they can reopen under social distancing restrictions. “Our ask to the government is clear – recognise the real jeopardy facing the great British pub and act now to save it, or risk losing many locals and their communities for ever.”