CAMRA campaigning in Scotland
CAMRA has been campaigning for over 40 years in Scotland for quality real ale, community pubs and the rights of pub-goers and real ale drinkers. Scotland has:
- 5,000 CAMRA members
- 4,600 pubs
- 120 breweries, with another 10 in the pipeline
In February Neil Bibby MSP (right) launched a consultation in Scotland which assesses the need for the Scottish Government to introduce a Pubs Code and Adjudicator to govern the behaviour of large pub companies and ensure licensees are treated fairly.
Last year a Statutory Pubs Code came into force in England and Wales to govern the relationship between tied tenants and pub companies with more than 500 tied pubs. An Adjudicator was also established to conduct investigations into breaches of the Code, with the power to impose financial penalties on pub companies that did so.
The same system is now urgently needed in Scotland to ensure licensees across the country are not left behind or disadvantaged compared to those in England and Wales.
Other asks of the Scottish Parliament:
- To review the impact of the drink driving policy on the pub sector and help support affect pubs
- To strengthen planning laws so that planning permission is always required before a pub can be demolished
- To make it easier for local people to take over their local pub through community ownership
- To retain and extend the current Small Business Bonus Scheme
- To work more closely with the Scottish Food and Drinks Industry to promote real ale and to encourage outlets to promote real ale from small brewers