Adjudicator will stand up for local pubs and end unfair practices from big pub companies – Jenny Willott MP

January 9, 2013 9:35 AM
Jenny Willott and Jenny Randerson pull pints

Jenny Willott and Jenny Randerson pulling pints

A new independent Pubs Adjudicator will be set up by the Coalition Government to help struggling landlords suffering from unfair practices in the industry, Liberal Democrat Business Secretary, Vince Cable has announced.

The Adjudicator will enforce a new statutory Code, which will oversee the relationship between publicans and large pub companies (pubcos). It will ensure publicans get a fair deal on rent and the prices they pay for beer.

Commenting, Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central, said:

"Pubs are a cornerstone of our community, but many have been struggling in recent years, including in Cardiff.

"For too long, some pubcos have been exploiting and squeezing their tenants by unfair practices and a focus on short-term profits. This has meant many pubs have had to struggle to survive on tiny margins.

"With Liberal Democrats committed to building a stronger economy, in a fairer society, it's great credit to Vince Cable that he has taken action where the Labour Government had so abysmally failed."

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