A KEIGHLEY pub is backing calls for a permanent VAT reduction in the hospitality industry.

The Livery Rooms is supporting Tax Equality Day, on Thursday, September 24.

And as part of the campaign, the Wetherspoon pub – in North Street – is cutting 7.5 per cent from its food and drink prices for the day.

Currently – following a move by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, in July to help the industry through the pandemic – all food and drink in pubs is subject to just five per cent VAT.

But this is only set to continue until January 12 next year, when the figure will return to 20 per cent.

Sophie Turner, manager at The Livery Rooms, is calling for pubs to have closer parity with supermarkets.

"Supermarkets benefit from a zero VAT rate on all food and as a result are able to use that saving to sell alcohol at a discounted price," she said.

"We are proud to support the campaign to reduce the level of VAT within the hospitality industry.

"Pubs have been under huge pressure for decades due to the tax disadvantages we have with the supermarkets.

"We're very grateful to the Chancellor for reducing the tax disparity to five per cent.

"We are urging him to create tax equality between pubs and supermarkets by making the current VAT regime for pub food and soft drinks permanent."