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Two pubs a day disappearing in England and Wales Published Date: 19/09/2023

Two pubs a day have disappeared in England and Wales in the first half of the year, according to government statistics.

Figures showed that 230 pubs vanished in the three months to 30 June - an increase over the previous quarter when the doors to 153 pubs shuttered.

It means 383 pubs were demolished or converted for other uses between January and June.  A total of 386 pubs disappeared throughout the whole of 2022.

Alex Probyn, president of property tax at Altus Group, said:

"With energy costs up 80% year-on-year in a low-growth, high-inflation and high-interest rates environment, the last thing pubs need is an average business rates hike of £12,385 next year.

"In the government to introduce stricter penalties for "unauthorised conversions and demolitions".

Pubs, as with other eligible hospitality, leisure and retail businesses, currently get a 75% discount off their business rates bills for the 2023-2024 tax year up to a cap of £110,000 per business, but this is set to end in March 2024.