Thame MP backs move to save pubs

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Thame’s MP has thrown his weight behind a move to save the Great British pub.

The Government proposals will put in place a system that stops pub companies having too much control over landlords and makes sure that tied pubs are no worse off than independent pubs.

As well as being able to complain to an adjudicator for the first time, tied pubs would also be able to have independently picked beers which would help the growth of small beer and ale manufacturers.

John Howell MP said: “The pub is an institution of great social and economic value.

“Concern over the beer tie is an issue frequently raised by pub tenants in the constituency. I want to make sure that pub tenants are treated fairly by pub companies.

“I am glad that the Government has launched a consultation on a code of practice which would be backed by a powerful adjudicator that will save tenants £100 million per year.”

The intention is that the code will apply to pubcos with a threshold of 500 pubs.

The consultation is running until June 14 and is on the website.