'Costly rents and high beer prices' force pub closures

Landlords are permanently calling time at their bar because their profits are squeezed by "costly rents and high beer prices", an expert has said.

Speaking ahead of Labour's campaign to get a statutory code through Parliament, the chief executive of the Campaign for Real Ale, Mike Benner, said:

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.

– Mike Benner Campaign for Real Ale

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Not enough being done to protect pubs, say Labour

At least 26 pubs a week are closing their doors for good and the Government needs to do more to protect landlords, according to Labour. In an opposition day debate, Labour will call on the coalition to include new legislation in the Queen's Speech.