The British Beer and Pub Association has welcomed the Government support package for the self-employed.

“85% of pubs are small or medium sized businesses run by independent operators or licensees who are self-employed, so the Chancellor’s support package today is welcome,” said Emma McClarkin, BBPA CEO.

“Until today, the Government had focussed on helping pubs and other businesses with grants and loans, business rates relief and guarantees on staff salaries, which we warmly welcomed, recognising that it would help prevent permanent pub closures on staff losses. However, it did not specifically address the threat faced by self-employed publicans, whose personal incomes had instantly dried up as a result of the forced shutdown.”

“This support announced today is critical. However, ongoing support from Government is still required throughout the crisis to sustain our great brewing and pub sector through this unprecedented lock down, so that when we are through this, pubs can return to being the heart of communities up and down the country.”

The package, announced yesterday by chancellor Rishi Sunak, will offer self-employed people who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus a taxable grant worth 80% of their average monthly profits over the last three years.