More than £1m of government funding has been announced which will help community pubs across the UK.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced that the funding will help around 100 new groups to take ownership of and save their local or support their essential community services based in pubs in rural and remote areas.

Secretary of State for Communities Rt. Hon. Robert Jenrick said:"The Great British pub is one of the cornerstones of British life. This new funding will boost the number of community-owned pubs and pub-based community services.

"It will offer sustainability and create valuable new jobs in the process, both in our great pubs and within our great communities.

"Pubs run by the community and for the community help bring people closer together. Importantly, they are a space for older, vulnerable and more isolated residents to access important local services and feel part of their communities."

The £1.15 million fund will support community pubs through two key programmes. £650,000 will be allocated to the second More Than a Pub programme.

More Than a Pub provides small grants and specialist advice for community groups at the start of their journey to community ownership. 

£500,000 will be allocated to Pub is The Hub to enable a range of projects providing new, pub-based community services from post offices and shops to libraries and allotments. 

John Longden, Chief Executive of Pub is The Hub said: "We welcome the government's recognition of the wider social role that licensees, as small business owners, and their staff can play in supporting and providing additional services and activities to support their local communities."

Vidhya Alakeson, Chief Executive of Power to Change, said: "This additional investment from MHCLG is very welcome. Community controlled pubs are so valuable to the people who use them, offering a huge range of crucial services including lunch clubs for vulnerable people, training and development, gardening and cooking classes and parenting groups."

The Dog Inn at Belthorn near Blackburn has been supported by the programmes. In the past, the village of Belthorn had over ten pubs, a shop, tearoom, chip shop, newsagent and community centre. But, by November 2015, all those community amenities had disappeared.

As a result of the funding, the Belthorn now boasts a vibrant village committee, a history society group and a craft and chat group all of which meet regularly in The Dog Inn.