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Pressure building: insurers will face a court test to examine the wordings used in their business interruption policies

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‘Final sprint’ as court action readied against insurers

By Emily Hawkins

Trade bodies representing the pub sector have put their weight behind a test court case that will attempt to find legal clarity on the wording used by insurers that have denied operators pay-outs.

Conflicting calls: Simon Clarke’s reassertion of two-metre distancing flies in the face of calls from senior MPs and the trade to halve measures

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Two-metre distancing to stay despite cut calls from MPs

By Stuart Stone

Housing minister Simon Clarke has revealed the Government intends to maintain two-metre social distancing despite calls from the hospitality sector and senior MPs for its reduction.

Losing confidence: publicans say they are desperate for Government support as their debts increase and job losses seem unavoidable

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Pubs without grants reaching ‘point of no return’

By Emily Hawkins

Operators have shared the realities of sustaining their business after being excluded from the Government’s grant scheme for hospitality businesses at the start of the coronavirus shutdown, with stories of facing the prospect of letting staff go, amassing...

Government step: the new code aims to encourage fair and transparent discussions about rent

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Government to publish new rent code of practice

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Government has established a working group with the commercial rental sector to develop a code in a bid to encourage fair and transparent discussions between landlord and tenants amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Government aid: further income support for the self-employed will be available from August

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Self-employed income support scheme to be extended

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will be extended with applications opening in August for a second and final grant, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced today (29 May).

Collective effort: Hospitality Insurance Group Action (HIGA) has selected two insurance companies to launch group action against

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Group action launched against Aviva and QBE insurers

By Emily Hawkins

Insurance companies Aviva and QBE (UK) Limited have been chosen as the focus of an action group that intends to launch a group claim against insurers refusing to pay out to pubs for loss of income during the coronavirus crisis.

In limbo: most operators are unsure whether they will open as early as 4 July

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50% of pubs in limbo over whether to reopen on 4 July

By Nicholas Robinson

A lack of Government guidance on its expectations for the pub trade once lockdown is lifted has left the sector in limbo over whether or not they will reopen on the tentative date of 4 July.

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