Monday, 19 July 2010

CAMRA Hails Big Society Support for Community Owned Pubs

CAMRA Hails Big Society Support for Community Owned Pubs

43% of UK adults willing to join efforts to save threatened local pub

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has today welcomed the Prime Minister’s endorsement of pubs as local assets and the promise of Government support for communities wishing to save threatened pubs through community ownership. CAMRA’s new polling research shows that 43% of people would be willing to join efforts to save their local favourite pub if it was under threat. Among regular pub goers this figure rises to 63%.

CAMRA has written to the Government seeking assurances that adequate resources will be allocated to provide business, legal and financial advice to communities wishing to save their local pub by running it as a mutual, co-operative or social enterprise.

Jonathan Mail, CAMRA Head of Policy and Public Affairs, said:

‘Pubs provide the vibrant heart of our communities and provide an invaluable meeting place and the centre for countless local activities. The loss of such pubs can be devastating to community spirit and identity and Government has a key role to play in enabling communities to come together to save their local pubs. CAMRA is committed to ensuring the Government back up their vision of a Big Society with practical legal, business and financial advice to ensure the success of community attempts to save local pubs through community ownership.’