Government announces 'fairer deal' for pub landlords

The Government has announced long-awaited plans to tackle complaints about landlords "tied" to large pub companies, saying they will now be protected from unfair treatment.

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Pub landlord: Government plans are 'a bit of a letdown'

New government legislation to give landlords more power in solving disputes with pub companies have been described as "a bit of a letdown" by one pub landlord who has been campaigning for change for several years.

"We're pleased to an extent, it's the building blocks but it's a bit of a letdown. At the end of the day it's a starting point which we've been waiting for for an awfully long time," said Simon Clark.

Punch Taverns: 'Committed to government proposals'

One of the biggest pub company groups in the UK, Punch Taverns, have said they hope today's announcement will "bring an end" to a long period of uncertainty for the sector.

This comes as the Government announced a long-awaited plan to tackle complaints about landlords "tied" to large pub companies.

Andy Slee, central operations director at Punch Taverns, said: "We now want to work with all parties to continue to build a long-term sustainable future for British pubs".

Punch Taverns have said they hope the announcement will bring an end to uncertainty. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA

Slee said: "Whilst self-regulation provided pub tenants with protections greater than commercial tenants elsewhere, we remain committed to making the best of the Government's proposals."

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'Costly' legislation could mean 'higher beer prices'

New government legislation to give landlords more power in solving disputes with pub companies could prove "costly" warned Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association.

She said: "While we welcome greater certainty and clarity after such a long period of debate, we are disappointed that the Government is seeking to introduce potentially costly legislation.

Consumers could be paying more money for drinks under new legislation says the BBPA. Credit: Yui Mok/PA

Simmonds believes that additional judicial costs will be passed onto consumers in the form of higher alcohol pricing.

She added: "A self-regulatory system that costs around £100,000 per year will be replaced with a statutory adjudicator costing nearly £2 million per annum.

"These additional costs will be passed on to consumers in the form of higher beer prices."

Govt legislation 'great news' for pub landlords

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has welcomed the Government's decision to introduce a pub adjudicator to protect the nation's pubs from large beer companies, or 'pubcos'.

With 28 pubs closing a week it is vital that publicans, who are on the frontline of keeping our valued community pubs open, are given protection from heavy handed business practices from the big pubcos.

Today's announcement is great news for publicans and pub goers alike.

Over the last decade many thousands of pubs have lost as big pub companies have squeezed them out of existence with sky-high rents and beer prices.

– A CAMRA spokesperson

Landlords to get 'accurate assessments' on earnings

Business Secretary Vince Cable has said that the new statutory code between pubs and their owners will make sure that "tied tenants get an accurate assessment of how better off they could be."

The long-awaited plans will tackle complaints by landlords "tied" to large pub companies, with Cable saying they will now be protected from "unfair treatment".

Vince Cable said that pubs and owners play a vital part in local communities. Credit: Clara Molden/PA

Mr Cable said: "Local pubs and their owners play a vital part in vibrant local communities right across the country, as well as making an important contribution to the economy".

He said the independent adjudicator will now make sure pub companies are "forced to act to redress the situation if they aren't behaving responsibly."

Clegg: Pub 'self-regulatory approach hasn't worked'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said that British Pubs are the "envy of the world" and that new legislation between landlords and controlling pub companies will now give "fairer treatment for landlords."

He said: "British Pubs are often the centre of our community, a place where we meet friends, watch sport and enjoy a Sunday roast - they are a national treasure and the envy of the world".

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg enjoys a pint at the Nags Head in Malvern. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

With tied tenants having to buy beer from a large pub company or 'pubco', they usually pay high prices in stock and rent, meaning landlords have "struggled to make ends meet," says Clegg.

"The self-regulatory approach hasn't worked, so these new rules will give fairer treatment for landlords so that they can keep your local pub going strong".

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Pub landlords to get 'fairer deal' under new legislation

The Government says pub landlords will get a "fairer deal" when dealing with large pub companies under new legislation.

Publicans who have to buy supplies from so-called pubcos say they are struggling to make a decent living, with more than half earning less than the minimum wage.

A new statuary code will give pub landlords new rights. Credit: Yui Mok/PA

Approximately 23,000 are "tied", or are renting pubs from pub companies, to which the landlord pays rent and from which he must purchase beer - often above the market price.

Under the new code, the Government said pub landlords will benefit from fairer rent assessments, with all tied tenants given the power to request a rent review if they have not had one for five years.

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