Statutory code: Mulholland claims pub closure in Prime Minister’s constituency highlights need for pubco reform

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Statutory code: Mulholland claims pub closure in Prime Minister’s constituency highlights need for pubco reform
Greg Mulholland, MP, campaign coordinator for Fair Deal for Your Local and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group, has raised the issue of pubco reform ahead of a demonstration at a closed pubco pub in David Cameron’s Witney constituency.

The GMB union​ is to hold a demonstration outside the Chequers Inn in Witney tommorrow (May 8), as Enterprise Inns tenant Simon Moore faces eviction.

The GMB claimed he was being charged too high rent with a full tie, which meant his business was unsustainable.

Mulholland said: “The closure of a pubco pub in David Cameron’s own constituency should highlight to the Prime Minister and to the rest of the Government the real need for pubco reform.

“It is high time we had a fair deal for our local pubs up and down the country. The great British pub is a unique institution and important for communities, the economy and for tourism.

"We have lost too many of them due to the unfair business practices of the large pubcos. It is time Government stopped the overcharging by the pubcos. If they do, our hard working licensees can at last make a fair living which will not only save pubs, but will also be a huge boost for the economy locally and nationally.

“Fair Deal for Your Local is calling for a statutory code for large pub owning companies which includes in it the option for tied publicans to only pay a fair, independently assessed market rent to the pub owning company - a ‘market rent only’ option. This will finally make the tie work as it should as well as bringing down the cost of a pint in pubco pubs.”

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