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Toby’s response to today’s announcement on pubs

Responding to the government’s response to its consultation on pub companies, Shadow Pubs Minister Toby Perkins MP said:

“Labour has led calls for a statutory code to give local pubs the protection they need and to ensure landlords get a fair deal. Any action to help pubs is welcome, particularly after ministers have dragged their feet for more than three years during which time hundreds of publicans have lost their livelihoods.

Shadow Pubs Minister“The changes ministers have announced today do not include a free-of-tie option or the genuinely independent rent reviews which Labour and campaigners have been calling for. Specifically, it is hard to see what the parallel rent assessments will actually deliver. Labour will work to ensure the Code has sufficient teeth to ensure it makes a genuine difference for publicans.

“We are pleased that the government have now accepted many of the arguments that they have been voting against in three Commons votes, however we fear that the watered down version the government appear to be offering will not affect the changes that can prevent the large increase in pub closures we have seen in the last year. We will assist the government to get a statutory code on to the statute book as quickly as possible and work to ensure that it safeguards the future of the industry by delivering the real change publicans have been calling for.”

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