The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has welcomed a move by Manchester City Council to encourage local pubs to apply for pub-specific business rate relief.

BBPAChief executive, Brigid Simmonds, said: “It is great to see Manchester taking action, and I would like to see all local councils following suit. Whilst some councils have moved forward, including some who have already implemented the relief directly, others have been slow to ensure that pubs get the business rates relief they are due.

“Overall, the rates relief introduced this March is worth £25 million to pubs. We are calling on the government to increase this to £5,000 per year, extended into future years. If we can show councils are taking swift action, it will help make the case for further, much needed help for local pubs.”

The BBPA is also calling for comprehensive business rates reform, as its own research shows that pubs pay 2.8% of the total business rates bill, despite generating just 0.4% of the UK’s rateable business turnover.