Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Fair Deal in Sight for Britain’s Pubs


CAMRA has strongly welcomed Government plans to stop large pub companies damaging Britain’s pubs by charging pub licensees high rents alongside inflated beer prices.
A new powerful watchdog will prevent large pub companies from taking excessive profits from their pubs at the expense of licensees and pub goers. The Government is also consulting on introducing “Guest Beer” and “Market Rent Only” options. These would provide the opportunity for licensees to partially or fully opt out of tied arrangements combined with an independently assessed market rent.


Mike Benner, CAMRA’s Chief Executive, commented:
“It is fantastic news that the Government is pushing ahead with these desperately needed reforms. Introducing Guest Beer and Market Rent Only options will deliver fair market rents and ensure licensees are able to buy beer at competitive prices. These reforms, coupled with an industry watchdog with real teeth, are urgently needed to help safeguard the future of many thousands of valued community pubs.”
“The large pub companies have been given repeated opportunities to deliver effective self regulation but have failed to do so. CAMRA is delighted that after nine years of self regulation failure the Government has decided to act.”
“Guest Beer and Market Rent Only options promise to be a major boost for Britain’s thriving independent brewery sector as well as the pub sector. Over 1,000 small brewers who are currently locked out of supplying local pubs will now be able to make their beers more widely available to pub customers.”