Cuts Watch #230: ‘The Woolpack’
It’s a while since I’ve watched Emmerdale so I don’t know if the Woolpack is still around or not. But today the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has highlighted that the pub it is based on is closing down – and that cuts in funding for the Community Owned Pubs scheme are to blame. Mike Benner, Chief Executive of CAMRA, said:
No doubt the tight-knit (albeit fictional) community in Emmerdale would jump at the chance to buy this icon of a pub together, but unfortunately the Government have recently scrapped plans to provide over £4 million to provide support for community owned pubs. Without financial support, communities simply cannot afford to keep their pubs afloat.
We’ve all got a favourite Woolpack, Rovers Return or Queen Vic that helps bond our communities and the closure of this pub will be sad news to local people. Earlier this year as Pubs Minister, I put in place a package of measures aimed at helping save local pubs. That support was pulled by the new government as part of its slash and burn approach to key local services.