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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."

'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
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