Pubs boost the local economy

EYE-OPENING figures have revealed the huge part pubs play in Leigh’s economy.

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) released the figures as part of their campaign to help struggling local hostelries keep their doors open.

The new report also reveals the numbers of 16-24 year olds employed in the borough’s pubs for the first time.

It also calls for a beer tax freeze to help secure jobs into the future.

Their are 85 surviving pubs in the Leigh Parliamentary Constituency (including one ale brewery) offering a total of 1,501 jobs.....409 of them to young people.

A total of £23.4m wages is paid out and, the BBPA calculate, pubs make a £38.9m contribution to the region’s gross domestic product while paying £14.8m tax to the exchequer.

The results of the huge new survey, based on a break down of the pub scene in every Parliamentary constituency in the country, aims to show the impact on jobs, wages, and the economy of Britain’s brewing and pub trade with unique and new information at a local level.

The figures form a comprehensive study by economy experts Oxford Economics on behalf of the BBPA and show the “vital” role the industry plays.

The BBPA says that with so many jobs depending on the trade in every community in Britain, the Government must scrap plans for big increases in Beer Tax in the Budget on March 21.

BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds OBE said: “Beer and pubs provide huge numbers of local jobs, especially for young people.”

“The Chancellor should recognise the vital role the industry plays in providing jobs for people of all ages in every community.”.