Dudley South pubs contribute millions to local economy, depsite two closing every year

Dudley South has lost 2 pubs a year since 2010 (23 pubs in the last decade), a trend local MP Mike Wood is working to reverse.

There are currently 73 pubs in Dudley South – the industry currently supports 1,068 jobs and contributes £34.1m every year to the local economy.

Mike Wood MP is backing the “Long Live the Local Campaign”, joining more than 240,000 people in signing a petition to help keep pub doors open, through practical measures such as cutting beer duty and business rates reform.

The campaign is fronted by Britain’s Beer Alliance, a group of publicans and microbreweries who are celebrating pubs and raising awareness of the challenges they face. 

Mike Wood, Dudley South MP and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Beer, said:

“Pubs are such an important part of the community in Dudley South, creating hundreds of jobs and boosting the local economy.

“Sadly too many of them are closing for good up and down the country, we need to reverse that trend, and one way we can do that is by looking at practical measures such as cutting beer duty and business rates reform.

“I’ll be doing everything I can within Government to increase support for these community hubs. We need to keep them open and we need them to do well.”

Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:

“Beer duty has increased by 60% over the last 17 years and now the UK has one of the highest rates of tax in Europe. When over two thirds of all alcoholic drinks purchased in the pub are beers, a cut in beer tax would go a long way to protecting pubs across Dudley South. We are very grateful to Mike Wood for his support for the ‘Long Live the Local campaign’, and hope that the Government listens to MPs across Parliament and the thousands of people across the country who are calling for a cut in beer tax to protect our pubs.”

£1 in every £3 pounds spent in UK pubs goes to the taxman.

British drinkers now pay 40% of all beer tax across the EU but drink only 12% of the beer.

Seven in ten alcoholic drinks served in pubs are beer, underlining how directly a cut in beer duty will help pubs.

Mike Wood, Dudley South MP and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Beer, said:

“Pubs are such an important part of the community in Dudley South, creating hundreds of jobs and boosting the local economy.

“Sadly too many of them are closing for good up and down the country, we need to reverse that trend, and one way we can do that is by looking at practical measures such as cutting beer duty and business rates reform.

“I’ll be doing everything I can within Government to increase support for these community hubs. We need to keep them open and we need them to do well.”