Six-figure increase: The number of workers on zero hour contracts increased by 100,000 in the year to November 2017.

Number of zero hours contracts rises by 100,000

By Stuart Stone

According to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on 23 April, the number of contracts that did not guarantee a minimum number of hours rose by 100,000 in the year to November 2017.

Waste not want not: call for clarity in relation to beer and cider wastage allowances in rent assessments

Beer waste calculations to be ‘more standardised’

By Claire Churchard

Representatives from pub-owning businesses (POBs) have agreed to come up with proposals for a more standardised approach to calculating beer waste from pubs in relation to rent assessments.

Final straw: ministers have highlighted that 8.5bn plastic straws are thrown away in the UK every year

Plastic straws set to be banned in England

By Stuart Stone

Plastic straws could soon be banned from sale in England under a Government plan to protect rivers and oceans from the rising tide of plastic pollution.

Investigation: the Insolvency Service says the licensees used eight different company names

Banned landlords found running Robinsons pub

By Michelle Perrett

Robinsons Brewery has said it will be having discussions with two of its licensees after it was revealed they were disqualified from running business as limited companies after using insolvency laws to avoid paying debts.

Waiting game: Gary is hoping for clarification from the PCA

Licensee to get ruling from PCA over MRO lease policy

By Michelle Perrett

Licensee Gary Murphy of Ye Olde Mitre Inne in Barnet, North London, is hoping a ruling in his case with the pubs code adjudicator (PCA) will provide clarity over market-rent only (MRO) leases.