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.
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.
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".
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".
Pubs are closing as a result of big pub companies squeezing the profits of publicans with costly rents and high beer prices.
We are backing the Government's plans to act, but words and proposals need to be translated into urgent action via the introduction of a statutory code, Pubs Watchdog, a guest beer right and a market rent only option for licensees tied to the large pub companies.