Over 8 in 10 believe UK community spirit, values ”under threat

March 2nd, 2009 - 8:14 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Mar.2 (ANI): More than eight in 10 people believe community spirit and values are under threat in Britain, a survey reveals.
According to The Telegraph, almost two thirds of people believe the local pub is an important element of local communities.
The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) survey comes in a week when MPs are due to meet ministers to raise their concerns about the increasing rate of pub closures - running at nearly six a day - and the threat of 75,000 job losses in the beer and pub industry.
A large number of MPs are expected to quiz ministers at a meeting in Parliament on Wednesday organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group.
Some 155 MPs have signed a parliamentary motion calling on the Government to axe plans to increase beer tax in the Budget and to take measures to support local pubs.
The poll found that more than three quarters said Government does not do enough to support elements of local communities.
Some 70 say increases in beer tax above inflation in the current circumstances are unjustified.
The “Axe the Beer Tax, Save the Pub” campaign was launched by BBPA and Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) in November last year.(ANI)

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