Plunkett understands the importance of having a pub open and offering multiple services in communities across the UK. These valuable assets offer a place that brings people together, contributes to local trade, helps address problems of isolation, loneliness and offers much needed job opportunities and training.
The Covid pandemic has put thousands of pubs across the UK at risk of closure. This tragic situation will lead to job losses and the closure of a vital community facility in many areas across the UK. Plunkett stands ready to help in these communities, where a community buyout could be a solution to saving the local pub.
There are now 150 pubs in community ownership across the UK and this number is growing, however in order to make this sector succeed change is needed. We are asking the UK Government, Devolved Administrations and Local Councils to make legislative chances and provisions to support these enterprises that are so much #MoreThanAPub.
We are calling for:
- A consistent set of Community Rights legislation across the UK that protects local assets and offers communities the “Right to Buy” the facility for local benefit.
- Local Authorities to be given greater support and insurance cover to bring assets in to community purchase using Compulsory Purchase powers.
- Local Councils to provide greater support to community businesses through the Public Works Loan and them being given the power to on-lend this money directly to community businesses
- Social Investment Tax Relief to be retained and continue beyond April 2021
We also want to see greater education in the banking sector relating to community and social businesses and enterprise, in order to streamline the process of accessing a bank account and other banking services.
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