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Rural pubs in UK to receive £188,000 to deliver additional services

Christian Fernsby |
Rural pubs across England will be expanded to include Post Office facilities, grocery shops and libraries thanks to £188,000 of government funding.

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Minister Jake Berry announced 76 new projects will receive money through Pub is The Hub, a ground-breaking organisation that supports rural pubs to diversify and help pubs bring communities together by expanding their services beyond food and drink.

The minister will be writing to all the major players in the pubs and drinks industry, urging them to join government in supporting village locals right across the country.

Government support for Pub is The Hub now totals well over £500,000 and includes funding towards its Community Services Fund to help local pub licensees to better understand the needs of locals and deliver on these as best as possible.

Jointly funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and independent trust Power to Change, the More Than a Pub programme was a £4 million Community Pub Business Support programme established to help support community ownership of pubs in England.

More than 2,000 much loved pubs across England are listed as an Asset of Community Value giving them added protection, including regulars taking over the running of their local pub.

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