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On 11 March, the Government will announce its first Budget of this Parliament. UKHospitality has submitted a response, outlining our keys asks of Government to help support business growth in hospitality.


Our sector plays a major part in people’s lives, whether providing catering for public services or the out-of-home experiences that communities thrive on. Hospitality is also at the heart of Britain’s tourism industry, showcasing the very best Britain has to offer to visitors and businesses from around the globe.

Please see here for our Budget submission to the Treasury, along with a report on the impact of national living wage and national insurance contributions, which informs our positions.


 

Our Budget submission called on the Government to unleash the economic growth of the sector by:
  • Introducing a 10% cut in the business rates multiplier for one year, funded by central Government, and an extension of hospitality relief to more premises
  • Announcing the start of the promised fundamental review of business rates at the earliest opportunity
  • Using the proposed review of alcohol taxation to incentivise consumption in hospitality venues, such as pubs, and to freeze alcohol duties
  • Further considering a reduction in VAT for the accommodation and food and drink industry to support tourism throughout the UK, particularly in coastal communities.

UKH also called on for Government support on other business-friendly measures that to enable our sector to continue to produce high quality jobs:
  • Raising the employer National Insurance Threshold to support higher wages;
  • Ensuring that the Low Pay Commission’s remit takes into account broad economic conditions when setting future wage rates;
  • Reforming the Apprenticeship Levy to boost take-up across the sector, including SMEs, by allowing greater flexibility.

 

BACK OUR CALL

To influence Government to act, it is vital that hospitality businesses back our calls in great numbers. Accordingly, UKH has prepared a member toolkit, to help members inform their local MPs of the benefits and opportunities that currently face sector businesses. The toolkit includes:

  • Template email/letter to local MPs
  • Template press release
  • Template social media assets 

 

To access the member toolkit, please contact the team

 

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