Does the British pub have a future?
The Government has unveiled measures to protect community pubs in an effort to stem nearly 40 closures a week. What is your reaction?
The measures include £3.3 million to be spent on business support to make pubs more successful and to help communities buy into struggling premises to keep them open. Pubs will also be allowed to extend into ventures ranging from restaurants to
gift shops and book shops without planning permission.
Pubs minister John Healey said, "This package of tough, practical measures aims to put some real support behind our community pubs, giving publicans more support to
diversify and punters more choice".
The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) welcomed the announcement. Camra chief executive Mike Benner said: "This is a great day for people who care about the future of our community pubs".
Do you welcome the new measures? Will it encourage you to visit your local pub more often? Do you run a pub and will the extra support help your business?
This debate is now closed. Thank you for your comments.