The Prime Minister launched his “Big Society” plan yesterday that included the introduction of measures which give communities the chance to save threatened local pubs. Speaking in Liverpool, David Cameron said the idea would be a “big advance for people power”. As part of the idea, community projects will be launched in four areas: - Liverpool; Eden Valley, Cumbria; Windsor and Maidenhead; and the London borough of Sutton. Cameron said: “These four vanguard communities will be the great training grounds of this change… from devolving budgets to street-level, to developing local transport services, taking over local assets such as a pub.” CAMRA has welcomed the announcement, but said it would monitor the government's actions. Jonathan Mail, head of policy and public affairs, said: “CAMRA is committed to ensuring the government back up their vision of a Big Society with practical legal, business and financial advice to ensure the success of community attempts to save local pubs through community ownership.” Brigid Simmonds, the British Beer & Pub Association’s chief executive said the group was pleased the idea recognised the community value of pubs. She added: “There are considerable opportunities to formally recognise the role pubs play in community engagement and to develop the right incentives and rewards for their broader remit in local communities. “Pubs are recognised as a vital part of communities up and down the country. In many rural areas, they are one of the few places where people can come together and share common experiences. They provide a focal point for local people, a hub for local amenities and activities and support for community clubs and charitable causes.”