Aldous encourages constituents to contribute to consultation on pub companies and tenants

Waveney MP Peter Aldous has this week given his support for a consultation on ensuring that the relationship between pub companies and tenants is a fair one, and is encouraging people with relevant experiences in the Waveney area to participate.

On 22 April, the Government published a consultation on establishing a Statutory Code and an independent Adjudicator for the pubs sector to govern the relationship between large pub companies and their tenants. The proposed Code is both an overarching fair dealing provision and the proposed Adjudicator is based on the model of the widely welcomed Groceries Code Adjudicator and would have the powers to arbitrate individual disputes and also conduct investigations into violations of the Code, and impose sanctions if pub companies are found to be in breach.

Pubs are a significant part of our small business network, and the Government is keen to support pubs and the pubs sector. However, for many years, concerns and numerous complaints have been raised about the relationship between large pub companies and their tenants. This has been the subject of a number of investigations and reviews, including four inquiries by the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee over the last decade.

Mr Aldous believes that although some pub companies behave well, the evidence suggests that in too many cases tenants face a combination of unfair practices, lack of transparency and a focus on short-termism at the expense of the long-term sustainability of the sector. This behaviour, especially alongside the many other challenges facing the sector, risks damaging the British pub industry, which not only consists of small businesses employing hundreds of thousands of people across the country but also contributes substantially to community spirit and cohesion.

Mr Aldous said:

“It is time for a fair deal for tied pubs in the Waveney area and a fair deal for the licensees who run them – I encourage all those who have had relevant experiences to contribute to the consultation.”

The consultation will run for eight weeks, closing on 14 June 2013, and is available at:
www.gov.uk/government/publications?publication_filter_option=consultations

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