Star Pubs & Bars is to extend its 90% rent reduction for pubs and core leased and tenanted agreements in England, until 16 May.

It will then offer a further 10% concessions between 17 May and 20 June, which it says will mean pub’s average rent will be 50% in May.

Star Pubs said the company’s total investment in rent support will stand at £62m by the 20 June, with the additional measures announced equivalent to £19m additional support.

The business, said rent concessions will also be offered to pubs in Scotland and Wales once there is clarity from the devolved governments on reopening dates.

Lawson Mountstevens, managing director Star Pubs & Bars, Heinken UK, said: “If the government sticks to its reopening roadmap plans, it should be a great summer as research shows the public can’t wait to get back to the pub. We’ve invested significantly in rent concessions over the last 12 months to help ensure our pubs are ready and able to re-open to meet this demand.”

He added: “Following the Chancellor’s support package last week, including the announcement of cash restart grants, the Government needs to look at the long-term sustainability of the pub industry. We are excited about investment opportunities across the UK and have a leading role to play in helping the country’s economic recovery and supporting the Government’s levelling-up agenda – but we need meaningful alcohol duty and business rates reform, as well as a long-term VAT cut on all sales across hospitality.”