Pub code legislation 'not the right solution' for Scottish pubs

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'Different markets': pubs code 'not right' for Scotland says SBPA chair
'Different markets': pubs code 'not right' for Scotland says SBPA chair

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Pub code legislation “is not the right solution for Scottish pubs”, according to the chairman of the Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA).

Scotland could be set to follow​ England in implementing the pubs code legislation, meaning thousands of pubs north of the border could go free of tie.

Public consultation for the bill, which closed on 31 July sought the views from all sides around how a pubs code​ could be formed in Scotland.

The answers will be analysed by members of the Scottish parliament to help inform the wording of a formal bill, which could then be voted on by members of Scottish parliament.

System already in place

However, SBPA chairman Brian Davidson said the legislation, via the proposed Bibby Bill, is not the right solution for Scottish pubs, because Scotland already has a system of self-regulation in place for the 17% of pubs that operate under the beer tie.

“The Scottish pub market is very different to that in England and Wales,” Davidson said in the The Scotsman online.

“What really matters to Scotland’s pubs is that politicians, in both Holyrood and Westminster, listen to the needs of the Scottish pub industry.

“In particular, we need action to reduce the burden of business rates, and beer duty, which are both very big burdens on pubs.

"Further red tape, through costly new legislation, is not the right solution.”

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