30 Years of CAMRA
and 60,000 members
Yes, CAMRA has just passed the 30-year mark and the 60,000-member mark.
Not only has Real Ale been saved but other long-fought-for goals seem to be within reach,
thanks to the power of our membership:
CAMRA recently published the following leaflet to summarise the campaign.
Hopefully politicians will take note of it during the election season!
- Mandatory Rates relief for rural pubs
- 21st-century licensing laws
- Progressive beer duty to help small brewers compete
Promotion of Choice
A diverse range of of quality beers served in pubs is vital to protect
consumer choice and the vitality of Britain's pubs and brewers.
The continuing existence of the Guest Beer provision is essential
to maintain consumer choice.
Consumers have a right to be served with full liquid pints.
CAMRA supports legislation that prohibits short measures.
Progressive Beer Duty
Over 400 small brewers in the UK produce high-quality beers for local markets.
A sliding scale of beer duty for Britain's smallest brewers
will help them compete more effectively in a highly competitive market,
dominated by multinational companies.
Britain's archaic and inflexible pub licensing laws are in need of reform.
A more relaxed approach will benefit us all, allowing more
freedom of choice as to where and when you can relax for a drink,
as well as helping to stamp out binge drinking.
CAMRA supports Government initiatives to encourage a more responsible
approach to drinking.
In addition CAMRA supports the continued research into the health
benefits of moderate drinking.
The continued consolidation of pub and brewery ownership poses a
potentially serious threat to the interests of consumers, by
reducing competition and therefore choice.
The continued vigilance of the Competition Authorities
is vital to ensure a level playing field for
small operators and a fair deal for consumers.
Protecting Rural Pubs
In many villages pubs form a central part of the social fabric
of community life.
CAMRA believes that mandatory Rate relief should be extended to pubs in small villages to tackle
the number of rural pub closures.
Britain's high level of excise duty is creating serious economic and social problems.
Pubs and breweries are being undermined as people cross the channel to purchase cheap beer.
Even more worryingly the flood of cheap beer into Britain is
undermining attempts to tackle alcoholism and reduce the
number of underage drinkers.
To tackle these problems Britain's excise duty should be reduced to a level
which will remove the incentive to smuggle.
A Fair Planning System for Pubs
Pubs are a crucial community amenity
and any change of use that involves the closure of a pub
must be subject to planning permission.
Do you want...
Top quality beer with genuine taste?
To choose when you visit the pub?
To go to decent pubs?
To pay less tax on your pint?
Time to join CAMRA!
What is CAMRA?
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale,
is a not-for-profit, independent voluntary
consumer group which exists to promote the interests
of both beer drinkers and pub goers.
CAMRA was set up in 1971 and now has over 60,000 members.
CAMRA is funded by members' subscriptions, sales of publications
and proceeds from beer festivals.
CAMRA aims to:
- maintain consumer rights;
- promote quality, choice and value for money;
- support the Public House as a focus of community life;
- increase the appreciation of traditional beers and ciders.
ALE 28th Cambridge Beer Festival No. 302
Cambridge & District CAMRA
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