I love nothing more than a pint in one of Cardiff Central’s many local pubs, along with an opportunity to catch up with friends and meet new ones.
Pubs are fantastic community assets but across the country 3 a day are closing down. I’m supporting the ‘Long Live the Local’ campaign launched this week by Britain’s Beer Alliance.
The campaign is calling on the government to reduce beer tax as a way of helping out pubs, along with looking at other ways to help the sector thrive going forward. I have formally asked the Chancellor to take action on this issue – you can see my question here.
Pubs are in Cardiff Central are also key drivers of the local economy. We have no fewer than 79 pubs in Cardiff Central. Our pubs contribute £66.6 million to our local economy, supply 3406 jobs and also provide an attraction for visitors.
I work closely with brewers associations, CAMRA and local pubs to support our great establishments in Cardiff Central. For example I have written to the Minister for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy querying whether the Government has a handle on the effect the closing of pubs can have on our night time economy. You can see his response here.
I also recently asked you to nominate and vote for my entry for the Parliamentary Pub of the Year Award, and I’ve submitted the pub you chose – the Four Elms in Roath – as my entry.
Our pubs not only bring large economic benefits and employment but also act as community hubs and shared social spaces for people from all walks of life. Whether it’s The City Arms on match day, The Albany on a weeknight or The Discovery on a lazy Sunday afternoon our city pubs offer a wide variety of experiences and we should be proud of them.
As your Member of Parliament I am proud to represent so many quality businesses and I will continue to work with them, their representative associations and local people to make sure our locals don’t call time for good.