Voluntary pubs code to be introduced for smaller pubcos

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Voluntary pubs code to be introduced for smaller pubcos

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A voluntary code for smaller pubcos will be introduced once the statutory code comes into force for larger companies, the Pub Governing Body (PGB) has confirmed. 

The Pubs Independent Rent Review Scheme (PIRRS) and the Pubs Independent Conciliation and Arbitration Service (PICA-Service) will continue following the adoption of the pubs code. The PGB will provide services for pub companies operating fewer than 500 tied pubs, as part of self-regulation in the sector.

The PICA-Service for lessees of smaller pubcos will be based on a updated voluntary code reflecting the statutory code for the larger pub companies, with the revised code due to come into effect at the same time as statutory legislation.

The PIRRS and PICA-Service will also deal with any cases from lessees of pub companies covered by Industry Framework Code Version 6 relating to events prior to the statutory code for one year after the new code’s implementation.

Sir Peter Luff, chairman of the Pub Governing Body said: “The PGB still has a vital role to play, as the industry enters a new phase.

“Companies with fewer than 500 tied pubs will not be covered by the statutory code and it is essential that options for licensees to settle disputes quickly still exist.

“So while the landscape of licensed hospitality is evolving, we will remain on hand to provide speedy and affordable dispute resolution for tenants and lessees.

“The PGB will also continue to work with pubs based in Scotland via a Scottish specific voluntary code, providing crucial support for those businesses not affected by legislative change.

“Furthermore, both PIRRS and PICA-Service will be available for disputes arising under the old regime, with a period of one year, from the commencement of statutory regulation, to bring those cases forward.

“As the sector adjusts to change it is more important than ever that the PGB is on hand to provide cost-effective and impartial support for businesses.”

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