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Pub goers urge MSPs to support new law to protect pubs and improve the choice of beers on offer at the bar (22/2/2021)
The proposed new law – the Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill which has been put forward by Labour MSP Neil Bibby – would introduce a Pubs Code to govern the relationship between tied pub tenants and pub-owning businesses, with an Adjudicator to enforce the rules.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/pub-goers-urge-msps-to-support-new-law-to-protect-pubs-and-improve-the-choice-of-beers-on-offer-at-the-bar/

Financial support needed in next week’s Budget as roadmap won’t see proper pub re-opening: CAMRA (23/2/2021)
Consumer group CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) is urging Chancellor Rishi Sunak to provide vital ongoing financial support for pubs, social clubs and breweries to help them cope with months of restrictions announced in the roadmap for England this week.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/financial-support-needed-in-next-weeks-budget-as-roadmap-wont-see-proper-pub-re-opening-camra/

More financial support needed for pubs after roadmap statement only provides for limited re-opening: CAMRA (22/2/2021)
Responding to the Prime Minister’s statement in the House of Commons announcing a four-part plan to lift lockdown in England, please find the attached comment from CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/more-financial-support-needed-for-pubs-after-roadmap-statement-only-provides-for-limited-re-opening-camra/

First Minister must make sure tier system is fair and extend financial support to save our pubs as lockdown is lifted: CAMRA (23/2/2021)
Responding to the First Minister’s statement in the Scottish Parliament outlining the roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions, please find the attached comment from CAMRA’s Scotland Director Joe Crawford.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/first-minister-must-make-sure-tier-system-is-fair-and-extend-financial-support-to-save-our-pubs-as-lockdown-is-lifted-camra/


Business Rates holiday a boost – but more support is needed to save Scotland’s pubs: CAMRA (17/2/2021)
Responding to the Scottish Government’s announcement that hospitality businesses won’t pay Business Rates for the full 2021/22 financial year after new funding was made available, please find the below comment from CAMRA’s Scotland Director Joe Crawford.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/business-rates-holiday-a-boost-but-more-support-is-needed-to-save-scotlands-pubs-camra/


CAMRA’s What’s Brewing newspaper undergoes significant improvements (1/2/2021)
What’s Brewing, the long-standing monthly newspaper for the Campaign for Real Ale, will be re-launched as a dynamic news website in May 2021.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camras-whats-brewing-newspaper-undergoes-significant-improvements/

Commemorative anniversary title pulls back the curtain on 50 years of CAMRA campaigning (4/2/2021)
Beer lovers can immerse themselves in a new biography of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), which promises to reveal its history, “warts and all”, as the campaigning organisation celebrates its 50th anniversary.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/commemorative-anniversary-title-pulls-back-the-curtain-on-50-years-of-camra-campaigning/

Beer lovers spend £150k on local businesses using beer delivery app Brew2You (5/2/2021)
Beer and cider fans have been supporting their local pubs and breweries through the latest lockdowns and restrictions, using CAMRA’s beer delivery app Brew2You.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/beer-lovers-spend-150k-on-local-businesses-using-beer-delivery-app-brew2you/

Action needed now to save pubs as report finds they are vital for social interaction (2/2/2021)
A new report about the role of pubs in communities has found that they have a key role to play in tackling loneliness and offer a social value above and beyond the contribution they make to the economy.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/action-needed-now-to-save-pubs-as-report-finds-they-are-vital-for-social-interaction/


Extend VAT cut to help pubs when they can trade again: CAMRA (27/1/2021)
Commenting on the Financial Secretary to the Treasury Jesse Norman MP’s comments in the House of Commons yesterday that the Government have no plans to extend the reduction in VAT beyond 31st March, please find the attached comment from CAMRA Chairman Nik Antona.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/extend-vat-cut-to-help-pubs-when-they-can-trade-again-camra/

New grants vital to saving Scotland’s beers, brands and breweries: CAMRA (27/1/2021)
Commenting on the opening of the Scottish Government’s Brewers Support Fund today, please find the attached comment from Director of CAMRA Scotland Joe Crawford.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/new-grants-vital-to-saving-scotlands-beers-brands-and-breweries-camra/

Business Rates holiday a lifeline for struggling pubs: CAMRA (21/1/2021)
Responding to the Scottish Government’s Budget statement delivered today by Finance Secretary Kate Forbes MSP, please find the attached comment from Director of CAMRA Scotland Joe Crawford.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/cut-tax-on-draught-beer-to-save-pubs-camra/


CAMRA launches ‘Golden Awards’ to celebrate 50 years of campaigning (18/1/2021)
Nominations are open for CAMRA’s Golden Awards, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the campaign, and those that have helped its cause along the way.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-launches-golden-awards-to-celebrate-50-years-of-campaigning/

Cut tax on draught beer to help pubs thrive once COVID restrictions end says CAMRA (21/1/2021)
CAMRA urges Rishi Sunak to commit to cutting the tax charged on beer served on tap in pubs and social clubs in the next.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/cut-tax-on-draught-beer-to-help-pubs-thrive-once-covid-restrictions-end-says-camra/

Let NI beer scene thrive by allowing breweries to open taprooms, MLAs hear (21/1/2021)
CAMRA urges MLAs to allow local breweries and cider producers to open taprooms on their premises, so more people can access independent and locally produced beer and cider.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/let-ni-beer-scene-thrive-by-allowing-breweries-to-open-taprooms-mlas-hear/

Pubs and breweries need a financial shot in the arm to survive lockdown extension: CAMRA NI (21/1/2021)
Responding to the Executive’s decision to extend lockdown restrictions until March, please find the attached comment from Chair of CAMRA NI Ruth Sloan:
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/pubs-and-breweries-need-a-financial-shot-in-the-arm-to-survive-lockdown-extension-camra-ni/

Thousands more closures on the cards if pubs stay closed until May without new support: CAMRA (22/1/2021)
Responding to comments by SAGE scientists that hospitality businesses should remain closed until May and the release of Market Recovery Monitor data from CGA and AlixPartners suggesting 6,000 licenced premises have permanently closed in 2020, please find the attached comment from CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona:
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/thousands-more-closures-on-the-cards-if-pubs-stay-closed-until-may-without-new-support-camra/


Cosy up for The Great British Beer Festival Winter at Home! (12/1/2021)
Tickets are now on sale for The Great British Beer Festival Winter at Home, taking place from 19-21 March 2021. The festival, which was due to be held at New Bingley Hall, Birmingham, will instead be held in the comfort of your home, in line with Covid-19 restrictions.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/cosy-up-for-the-great-british-beer-festival-winter-at-home/

Pubs and the hospitality sector shouldn’t be scapegoated during the ongoing COVID crisis, Parliament told (12/1/2021)
That was the message from the Government’s Minister for Business, Paul Scully, during a debate in Parliament yesterday (12th January). MPs were debating public petitions on support for the industry and whether to create a Minister for Hospitality to represent the sector in Government.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/pubs-and-the-hospitality-sector-shouldnt-be-scapegoated-during-the-ongoing-covid-crisis-parliament-told/

Consumers can still support pubs and breweries with take-home beer following First Minister's alcohol ban announcement: CAMRA (13/1/2021)
The First Minister today (13th January) announced further restrictions during the lockdown in Scotland. Whilst click and collect services have been limited and there will now be a ban on consuming any alcohol outdoors in Tier 4 areas, pubs can still offer takeaway services, including alcohol where their licence allows.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/consumers-can-still-support-pubs-and-breweries-with-take-home-beer-following-first-ministers-alcohol-ban-announcement-camra/


Yorkshire campaigners are recognised by CAMRA for rescuing their local (7/1/2021)
Campaigners who saved the Puzzle Hall Inn in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire have been recognised with the Campaign for Real Ale’s prestigious Pub Saving Award for their efforts.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/yorkshire-campaigners-are-recognised-by-camra-for-rescuing-their-local/

Local campaigners are recognised by CAMRA for rescuing Tollerton pub (7/1/2021)
Campaigners who saved the Air Hostess in Tollerton, South Nottinghamshire have been named runners up in the Campaign for Real Ale’s prestigious Pub Saving Award for their efforts.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/local-campaigners-are-recognised-by-camra-for-rescuing-tollerton-pub/

Scotland’s pubs and breweries need more financial support to survive new lockdown: CAMRA (4/1/2021)
Responding to the First Minister’s announcement of a new lockdown, please find the attached quote from Director for CAMRA Scotland Joe Crawford.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/scotlands-pubs-and-breweries-need-more-financial-support-to-survive-new-lockdown-camra/

Pubs and breweries need more financial support to survive new lockdown: CAMRA (5/1/2021)
Responding to the new national lockdown in England and the announcement for grants of up to £9,000 for hospitality businesses, please find the attached comment from CAMRA Chairman Nik Antona.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/pubs-and-breweries-need-more-financial-support-to-survive-new-lockdown-camra/

Let pubs trade as off licences during lockdown to save our locals, Government urged (7/1/2021)
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has launched a bid to give struggling pubs some much needed money through the tills by allowing them to be able to sell beer and cider in sealed containers for people to take away and enjoy at home.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/let-pubs-trade-as-off-licences-during-lockdown-to-save-our-locals-government-urged/

CAMRA comments on the release of the Technical Consultation on Small Brewers’ Relief (8/1/2021)
Commenting on the release of the Technical Consultation on Small Brewers’ Relief, please find the attached quote from CAMRA Chairman Nik Antona.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-comments-on-the-release-of-the-technical-consultation-on-small-brewers-relief/


New wave of closures mean Welsh pubs need urgent financial support (21/12/2020)
Commenting on the news that pubs in Wales must close under Alert Level 4 rules, please find the attached comment from CAMRA Vice-Chair Abigail Newton.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/new-wave-of-closures-mean-welsh-pubs-need-urgent-financial-support/


Brits flood social media with reasons why #PubsMatter this Christmas (13/12/2020)
Pub-goers across the UK are flooding social media and MPs’ inboxes with messages about why their pubs matter this Christmas, as the UK prepares for a very different festive season.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/brits-flood-social-media-with-reasons-why-pubsmatter-this-christmas/

Tier 3 will be devastating for pubs and pub-goers in and around London this Christmas: CAMRA (14/12/2020)
Responding to the announcement that London and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire will go into Tier 3 from Wednesday, please find the attached quote from CAMRA National Vice-Chair Abigail Newton.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/tier-3-will-be-devastating-for-pubs-and-pub-goers-in-and-around-london-this-christmas-camra/

England tiers announcement another devastating blow for pubs (18/12/2020)
Responding to the announcement that most of England will remain in Tiers 2 and 3 over the Christmas period, please find the attached quote from CAMRA’s Chief Executive Tom Stainer.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/england-tiers-announcement-another-devastating-blow-for-pubs/

NI’s pubs & breweries need light at the end of the tunnel as post-Christmas lockdown announced (18/12/2020)
Responding to the announcement of a six-week lockdown starting on 28th December, please find the attached comment from Chair of CAMRA NI Ruth Sloan.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/nis-pubs-breweries-need-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel-as-post-christmas-lockdown-announced/


New grants welcome – but pubs & breweries not out the woods yet: CAMRA (10/12/2020)
Responding to yesterday’s announcement by Finance Secretary Kate Forbes of new financial support for pubs and breweries, please find the attached comment from CAMRA Scotland Director Joe Crawford.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/new-grants-welcome-but-pubs-breweries-not-out-the-woods-yet-camra/

Rethink Wales alcohol ban if evidence shows pubs being unfairly targeted: CAMRA (10/12/2020)
Responding to the decision by MSs from all parties in Senedd Cymru (the Welsh Parliament) yesterday to require the Welsh Government to publish the evidence behind the decision to ban the sale of alcohol in pubs and restaurants, please find the attached comment from CAMRA Chairman Nik Antona.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/rethink-wales-alcohol-ban-if-evidence-shows-pubs-being-unfairly-targeted-camra/


Join Alison Taffs in discovering the principles behind matching beer with food (2/12/2020)
CAMRA has published its latest video guide on its Learn & Discover platform, this time helping its members discover the art of pairing beer with food with drinks educator Alison Taffs.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/join-alison-taffs-in-discovering-the-principles-behind-matching-beer-with-food/

From shore to door! A Taste of America (2/12/2020)
The Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers, is teaming up with the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) to present a series of exclusive virtual tastings this January featuring high quality, style-diverse, leading edge American craft beers that are unavailable in the UK* as part of CAMRA’s ‘Learn and Discover’ initiative.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/from-shore-to-door-a-taste-of-america/

Beer delivery app generates £120k for local businesses (4/12/2020)
Beer lovers have been supporting their local pubs and breweries throughout the latest lockdown in England thanks to CAMRA’s beer delivery app Brew2You.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/beer-delivery-app-generates-120k-for-local-businesses/

Alcohol ban in Wales is ‘devastating and draconian’ (30/11/2020)
Responding to the news that pubs in Wales will be banned from selling alcohol and forced to close at 6pm, please find the attached comment from CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/alcohol-ban-in-wales-is-devastating-and-draconian/

£1,000 is not enough to save wet-led pubs from going bust: CAMRA (1/12/2020)
Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement in the House of Commons this afternoon that pubs that don’t serve food will receive a £1,000 grant in December, please find the attached comment from CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/1000-is-not-enough-to-save-wet-led-pubs-from-going-bust-camra/

No evidence and not enough financial support for scapegoated pubs: CAMRA NI (4/12/2020)
Responding to the Executive’s decision to continue to keep pubs that don’t serve food shut when national lockdown restrictions end on 11th December, please find the attached comment from CAMRA Northern Ireland Chairperson Ruth Sloan.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/no-evidence-and-not-enough-financial-support-for-scapegoated-pubs-camra-ni/


Great British Beer Festival Winter goes virtual (24/11/2020)
CAMRA announces the Great British Beer Festival Winter at Home, taking the CAMRA-hosted event online for the very first time this February in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/great-british-beer-festival-winter-goes-virtual/

Design is just as important as taste when it comes to beer (24/11/2020)
Pete Brown’s new book ‘Beer by Design’ it traces the history of beer label design back to the UK’s first-ever trademark, exploring the conventions of successful beer design.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/design-is-just-as-important-as-taste-when-it-comes-to-beer/

CAMRA calls on the Government to publish evidence for new pub restrictions amidst conflicting Christmas rules (25/11/2020)
CAMRA has written to the Health Secretary urging him to explain why pubs are facing harsher lockdown restrictions than gyms and shops under the new tier system in England from the 2nd of December.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-calls-on-the-government-to-publish-evidence-for-new-pub-restrictions-amidst-conflicting-christmas-rules/

CAMRA comments on tougher Tier restrictions in England post-lockdown (23/11/2020)
Responding to the upcoming announcement of tougher Tier restrictions in England from December 2nd, please find the attached comment from CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona:
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-comments-on-tougher-tier-restrictions-in-england-post-lockdown/

No evidence and no financial support for “unfair” restrictions on pubs (25/11/2020)
Responding to the Prime Minister’s statement to Parliament confirming stricter restrictions for pubs in Tiers 2 and 3 when the national lockdown in England ends, please find the attached comment from CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona:
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/no-evidence-and-no-financial-support-for-unfair-restrictions-on-pubs-camra/

Tier announcement underlines the importance of financial support for pubs and brewers (26/11/2020)
Responding to the announcement that almost all of England will be placed into Tier 2 and 3 restrictions, please find the attached comment from CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona:
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/tier-announcement-underlines-the-importance-of-financial-support-for-pubs-and-brewers/


New research: Majority of pub-goers feel safe in hospitality venues (19/11/2020)
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has called on governments to adapt the tier systems to let all pubs trade in December, after new YouGov research finds that the majority of pub-goers believe that pubs and other hospitality venues offer a COVID-secure environment.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/new-research-majority-of-pub-goers-feel-safe-in-hospitality-venues/

Scottish pubs on a ‘knife edge’ as even more restrictions are announced (18/11/2020)
Responding to the announcement that 11 council areas will move into Tier 4 restrictions from Friday, please find the attached comment from CAMRA Scotland’s Director Joe Crawford.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/scottish-pubs-on-a-knife-edge-as-even-more-restrictions-are-announced/

NI’s pubs on a knife edge with many at risk of permanent closure: CAMRA (20/11/2020)
Responding to the Executive's decision to impose a further two-week closure of pubs from November 27th until December 11th, please find the attached comment from Chair of CAMRA NI Ruth Sloan.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/nis-pubs-on-a-knife-edge-with-many-at-risk-of-permanent-closure-camra/