Government confirms pub funding boost

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The Government has confirmed further support for Pub is The Hub’s Community Services Fund by announcing a contribution of £188,000 today.

Pubs Minister, Jake Berry, announced that over 70 new projects in pubs will benefit from the funding and will receive Community Services Fund grants of up to £3,000 through Pub is The Hub.

Community Pubs Minister Jake Berry MP said: “Our pubs are at the heart of local communities supporting thousands of jobs and providing places for local residents to not only enjoy a pint, but also to get together.

“The encouragement, advice and support given by the Pub is The Hub is proving invaluable in helping rural pubs expand their offer.

“Pubs are not only places to drink but also home to essential community services and providing welcome meeting places to help tackle rural isolation.”

John Longden, Chief Executive of Pub is The Hub added: “This funding will be welcomed by many projects and will be a huge boost for thousands of people living in, and visiting, rural communities.

“Services and activities delivered by professional pub licensees through their businesses can provide a wide range of benefits; basic groceries, library books, training courses, outlets for local suppliers and new jobs – all delivering improved levels of well-being through vital social connections.”

Government support for Pub is The Hub’s Community Services Fund now totals well over £500,000 since its launch in 2013.