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Pubs are needed and must be saved -University research confirms

Pubs are social hubs and needed to keep communities together. In the pub sector we already knew this, but it is nice to get some confirmation from the research of Loughborough University. We are all desperate to see the back of COVID, but the cabinet may well want to take these findings on board when they next consider the reopening of pubs.

Action needed pubs as report finds they are vital for social interaction

New Loughborough University research has concluded that pubs are key to tackling loneliness amongst people of all ages and backgrounds.

A new report about the role of pubs in communities has found that they have a key role to play in tackling loneliness and offer a social value above and beyond the contribution they make to the economy.

The Open Arms: The Role of Pubs in Tackling Loneliness report was produced by Loughborough University, Heineken UK and The Campaign to End Loneliness.

The research found that pubs are an important part of a community’s infrastructure, just like libraries, cafés and community centres.

With social isolation and loneliness on the rise in all age groups as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, CAMRA is calling on governments across the UK to recognise the value of local pubs – and take action to make sure they are still around to help the nation's healing process after the pandemic.

Commenting, CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona said:

“CAMRA welcomes this report which shows just how much pubs matter to individuals and communities, and why they are worth saving so that they can re-open and thrive post-COVID.

“Our pubs provide a safe, regulated environment in which to relax with a drink and mix with people of other age groups and backgrounds - and are often the only place left for people in many communities to meet. Yet too many had already closed even before COVID, with the coronavirus crisis put tens of thousands more at risk of permanent closure.

“It is vital that governments across the UK recognise the role that pubs will play as part of our social fabric, bringing people back together after this pandemic, and take action now to save our pubs.

“The Chancellor’s upcoming Budget is the perfect opportunity to commit to a long-term financial support package for pubs and breweries to see them through the tough months ahead. Pubs need greater help to get back on their feet again, which can be achieved by ending unfair and un-evidenced restrictions like the ‘substantial meal’ requirement once they are allowed to re-open.”


Notes to editors:

About CAMRA:

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is a not-for-profit consumer group with over 180,000 members that has been operating since 1971. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community.

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