24 February 2009
The Fair Pint Campaign has thrown its support behind the newly established All Party Save Our Pubs Group which is being led by Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland.
Brian Jacobs from the Fair Pint Group said:
"We welcome the establishment of a new All Party Group especially its focus on bringing an end to the tie in its current form.
"Pubs play a central role in communities throughout the country. At the moment hundreds of pubs are being forced to close across the country and the tie is one of the most important causes of closures.
"We believe that the new parliamentary group will help to bring attention to the problems that the sector is facing and will help MPs to hear the concerns of those running local pubs.
"Fair Pint looks forward to working with the group to push the tie more firmly up the political agenda."
Notes to editors
The All Party Save Our Pubs Group was established this week. The Chairman of the group is Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland.
The key aims of the group are:
- For "reform of the current model of the tie", which "makes it impossible for some licensees to make a living and leads to pub closures including by making some pubs unviable that would be viable if free of tie".
- Challenging the Government to look at supermarket beer pricing.
- Calling for lower levels of beer duty and scrapping planned rises.
- A change in the law to outlaw the practice of restrictive covenants whereby companies are selling pubs on the basis that it is prevented from being a pub.
- Changes to planning law to properly recognise the importance of and to offer more protection to pubs faced with closure.
- The Fair Pint campaign is a coalition of independent, tied landlords and industry experts that are seeking to highlight the plight of UK landlords and consumers who suffer as a result of ‘tied lease agreements’ to pub companies (pubcos). The campaign was launched in the Houses of Parliament in May.