SIBA comments on the Chancellor’s announcement of new financial support measures for second lockdown

“A united hospitality industry days ago called for a commitment to extending the furlough scheme. It is welcome then, that the Chancellor has extended full furlough at 80% of wages until March, which will help independent breweries through the incredibly difficult winter period.

However extension of furlough was only one of the asks from SIBA and other trade bodies – with grants for basic running costs for all pubs and breweries, extension of business rate cuts to breweries, a VAT cut on beer, compensation for beer destruction and big action on beer duty all being ignored. SIBA, and other trade bodies will continue to campaign for a full, 6 month package of measures for breweries, pubs and hospitality.”

James Calder, SIBA Chief Executive

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