On October 31st, I spoke up on behalf of local pubs and breweries in Parliament.
In Barnsley East alone, they contribute over £12m to the local economy, and account for over 500 jobs.
But they have faced greater financial strain, not least due to the Government’s decision to raise beer duty in their Spring Budget, increasing the price people pay for a pint.
I raised the issue of compulsory purchase orders, the existing planning systems, and the need to ensure that local communities have a stronger voice.
It’s essential the Government listens to the concerns of pubs and breweries on this issue, and makes sure they can continue to be vital social and economic hubs of our communities.