Revised pub Industry Framework Code to come into force in October

By Tony Halstead

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Revised pub Industry Framework Code to come into force in October
Version six of the improved and revised Industry Framework Code governing tenant-pubco relations is on track to come into force at the end of October, British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds said last week.

The BBPA and other bodies such as the British Institute of Innkeeping and the Federation of Licensed Victuallers are currently working on Revision Six of the self regulatory code designed to create further improvements to landlord and tenant agreements.

Simmonds told a northern BBPA key issues forum in Manchester that the revised code could be drafted by the end of June but may not take effect until three months later.

Revision Six is designed to build on the existing Revision Five of the code and pave the way for more transparency and fairness in the pubco and tenanted sector.

Industry bodies have been working on the self regulation process since the Government decided to reject the Parliamentary Business Innovation & Skills Committee calls for a statutory code of practice following its inquiry into pubco power.

It will also work towards standardisation of rental assessments, improved and recognisable self regulation, codification of dispute procedures and resolution of complaints through the new Pub Independent Conciliation & Advisory Service, PICAS.

More specific issues being examined include AWP Machine agreements and the controversial system of assessing dilapidation schedules when a licensee leaves a pub.

Simmonds told forum delegates:”Some of the issues we are looking at are more commercially sensitive and tricky.

"We need to face the fact that people will continue to ask questions (about the Framework Code) and I am sure we will be back before the Business Innovation and Skills Committee in due course but at the end of the day it's up to us to make sure this works.

“We want to get this right. Essentially the central issue is all about transparency,” she said.

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