The government has this "pub is the hub" project that:
...good licensees communities, pub owners, breweries, local authorities and the private sector to work together to match community priority needs with additional services which can be provided by the local pub and a good licensee.
Today Communities Minister, Brandon Lewis announced another £150,000 to promote the scheme and then brags about all the other things the government is doing to "help" pubs:
‘The Government is taking decisive action to support community pubs including doubling business rate relief, which gives up to 100% discounts for small firms including pubs and postponing revaluation will also avoid local pubs facing an 11% rise in their business rates bills."
We then get nonsense about competition from supermarkets and using Community Right to Bid so as to stop a (presumably unviable) pub from closing.
Sadly, Brandon doesn't mention the two big things have contributed the most to pubs - and especially the wet-led local boozer - closing down:
1. Europe's second highest rates of duty on beer
2. The smoking ban
If you really care about pubs, Brandon, do something about these and we'll believe you.