Cuts Watch #187: Community-Owned Pubs
The Community-Owned Pubs Support Programme, a £3.3 million programme created by the last government to help save pubs in small rural communities is to be abolished. The Programme provides match funding with Co-operative and Community Finance and a contribution from the communities themselves, and was designed to help 50 communities. The Programme was announced in March, and the Plunkett Foundation, which leads the administration, had done a great deal of development work but no grants have as yet been made. Yesterday, the Sunday Telegraph revealed that the Programme was to be scrapped and quoted Neil Robertson, the chairman of the British Institute of Innkeepers:
It’s surprising given that community pubs seem to fit with what we understand the Big Society to be.