Did you know that there was a “Lib Dem Pub Manifesto”? Um, we didn’t know it either at onlinefocus.
However Brendan D’Cruz , our parliamentary candidate for Castle Point, has been getting involved with pub issues. In fact he’s been told by CAMRA – the Campaign for Real Ale- that he’s one of over 620 election candidates who have signed up to CAMRA?s campaign.
Anyway , the Lib Dem policies for pubs include:
Reform of the beer tie
? Making small business rate relief automatic
? Extending rate relief to all pubs which act as centres of community life
? Banning below cost selling and supporting minimum pricing
? Reviewing the beer duty system and the beer duty escalator
? Reform of planning law including banning restrictive covenants
these are good issues to get involved with, because pubs are an important part of many Essex communities – just like post offices and some other small businesses.
Meanwhile Brendan has been meeting with the Federation of Small Business (Essex) this week: