Draft pubs code: Tenants demand extension on consultation deadline

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Tenant groups have asked the government to extend the consultation deadline
Tenant groups have asked the government to extend the consultation deadline

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Tenant organisations have asked government officials for more time to respond to the pubs code consultation, arguing it is ‘unreasonable’ to ask tenants to reply to the consultation in their peak trading time in the build-up to Christmas.

At a meeting with representatives from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills held on Wednesday, Chris Wright of the Pubs Advisory Service (PAS) called for the deadline for the first part of the consultation to be extended and responses accepted after tenants have seen the second part (due to be released later this month), arguing it would give tenants a clearer picture as well as more time.

The current deadline for responses to the first part of the consultation is the 14 December.

In a statement, the PAS said that it would resist attempts to ‘rail road tenants into consulting on a deeply flawed document' and added: “It is important to make sure there is a realistic timetable to achieve a meaningful consultation as both ministers and officials have indicated is the government’s intention.”

BIS officials also met with representatives from pub companies and the British Beer and Pub Association.

BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds described the meeting as ‘productive’ and said it had ‘focussed on the details of the consultation, particularly the technical aspects of the secondary legislation.’

Fair Pint campaigner Simon Clarke said he was concerned that the consultation failed to honour the letter and spirit of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment act. 

Business minister Anna Soubry announced earlier this week that the previously dropped parallel rent assessments will be included in the second part of the consultation, after fierce criticism from tenant organisations.  

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