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Julian Sturdy - Strong Voice for York Outer

Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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Statement on Sue Gray report

Statement on Sue Gray report

The Sue Gray report clearly shows that the Prime Minister has presided over a widespread culture of disregard for coronavirus regulations. Furthermore, questions are now being raised about whether the Prime Minister misled Parliament when asked about these events. Talking to constituents, it is clear discussions about parties in Downing Street remain a damaging distraction

Over £1 million of government support to help York businesses export

Julian has welcomed new figures showing over £1.13 million has been allocated by the...

Times Red Box article with Nigel Adams MP: Great British Railways should say Yes to York

This government is delivering on its commitment to level up regions such as ours....

York Press column: How the Queen’s Speech can level-up York

With nearly forty bills that will deliver on some of the Conservative Party’s biggest...

Julian Supports Small Breweries

June 8, 2020

Julian is pleased to support Ben Everitt MP’s letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP to call for further support for small independent breweries.

Sadly, the Covid-19 crisis represents an unprecedented threat to our small independent breweries, the craft beer industry and the local jobs they support. With the closure of pubs, bars and restaurants in March, small breweries lost 80% of their business overnight.

While it is welcome that the Government has allowed those breweries with the correct licences to remain open for takeaways and deliveries (if they wish to do so) these small scale sales are no match for the loss of revenue from the closure of pubs as most small breweries have very limited access to supermarkets. It is now a critical time for the brewing industry and our small breweries need assistance to survive.

With reports confirming that if current social distancing measures remain in place 1 in 4 pubs would not be able to reopen (this goes down to 1 in 10 if social distancing is reduced to 1m), breweries need urgent support as it will be a while before they can expect a return to business as usual.

Julian and his colleagues have asked the Government to:

  • Halve Beer Duty bills
  • Allow 60 days for Beer Duty to be paid
  • Reform Small Breweries’ Relief
  • Support a secured 30-day payment term from customers

It is our hope that these measures, along with the financial support currently available to businesses, will give a direct injection of cashflow into the brewery sector to help protect the thousands of jobs in brewing and the supply chain.