The pub trade has today launched a campaign to boost business.
Twenty-six pubs across the country close every week, according to the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).
In an attempt to address the alarming rate of closures, Camra has launched its national “Pubs and the Economy” campaign which has a three-pronged approach.
It will promote the benefits of pubs to the UK economy, encourage more people to use their local during January, and to call on the Government to freeze beer duty in the next Budget.
Camra’s chief executive Mike Benner said: “Pubs play an important part in the UK economy and need to be protected and supported.
“The ‘Pubs and the Economy’ campaign does not only call on people to use their locals in January, but also highlights the importance of the pub industry overall and encourages people to support Camra’s call for a freeze in beer duty in the 2014 budget.
“This support could play an important role in saving many British pubs.”
Drinkers are being urged as part of the campaign to contact their MP to press for their support towards a beer duty freeze.
Mick Moss, Camra’s regional director for Yorkshire, said a duty freeze would be helpful as many pubs continue to face difficulties – and it is important that pub companies pass on the benefits of any freeze to landlords.
“The more concessions we can get from government the better, especially as far as the consumer is concerned because people are pushed financially.”