Pub closures are slowing down but there are still 27 shutting up shop every week according to CAMRA.

The figures for the second half of last year show a drop from the 29 that closed every seven days on the first six months of 2015. The numbers are net, taking account of pub openings as well.

 

 

Tim Page (above), chief executive of CAMRA, said: "The latest figures show that the work of campaigners across CAMRA, the wider pub and beer industry and the government is taking effect and arresting the decline in the number of pubs being lost every week.

"However it's a fragile recovery which could very quickly be reversed if the government fails to build on this positive development and misses the chance to support the British pub and beer industry by reducing tax again."

He pointed to research last year by the Centre of Economics and Business Research that found that beer would have increased by 16p a pint, more than 1,000 additional pubs would have closed, 750 million fewer pints would have been sold and 26,000 jobs would have not been created had the beer tax not been cut in 2014.