Consultation outcome

Proposals to stand up for British pubs and prevent unfair practices: call for evidence on self regulation of the industry framework and company codes

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Letters to BIS Select Committee following the call for evidence: self regulation of the pub industry framework and company codes, and pub companies and licensees

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Responses to the call for evidence on new proposals to stand up for British pubs and prevent unfair practices

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Original consultation

Summary

Explains government plans to protect publicans from unfair treatment.

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Consultation description

Significant concerns have been raised about the relationship between large pub companies and the licensees within the pub industry.

Following a call for evidence in November 2012, ministers have determined that the initial self regulatory approach trialled in November 2011 has not resulted in the culture change that is needed. There is clear evidence that significant numbers of individual publicans are continuing to face serious hardship and difficulties in operating in this industry. This has also been highlighted by four Select Committee reviews since 2004.

In January 2013 the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade, Vince Cable announced that the government will be consulting on establishing a strengthened, statutory code. This code would put into law an overarching fair dealing principle and the fundamental principle that ‘a tied licensee must be no worse off than a free of tie licensee’. It would also legislate for an independent adjudicator to oversee the relationship between pub companies and licensees. We will publish a public consultation on this issue in spring 2013.

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Call for evidence letter from Vince Cable to Rodger Vickers: self regulation of the industry framework and company codes

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Published 7 November 2012