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CAMRA launches a campaign to promote pubco reform in Scotland

CAMRA launches a campaign to promote pubco reform in Scotland

Pubs in Scotland are in crisis. For far too long, large pub companies (Pubcos) have been taking more than is fair or sustainable from pub profits by forcing licensees to buy their beer from them rather than on the open market. This has led to licensees paying at least 50% more for beer and often paying above market value for rents, leaving them struggling to make a living and contributing to pub closures.

Last year, thousands of CAMRA members made history by persuading the UK Government to change the law in England and Wales to protect 13,000 licensees from unfair business practices. Now, we need your help to ensure that tied-pub tenants in Scotland have at least the same level of protection as those in England.

On Wednesday 20th May 2015 at 17:00 a motion that has received cross-party support will be debated in Holyrood calling for a Statutory Code of Practice for pub companies to be implemented in Scotland and for an Adjudicator to protect hard-working licensees to allow them to offer a wider selection of beers and promote market competition. The motion also recognises the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) survey, which found that 99% of rent-tied pub tenants in Scotland would support such a move.

We are asking all of our 4,707 Scottish members to take part in lobbying their MSP today to attend the debate and speak of favour of pubco reform to help get this important issue on the agenda.

For more information, please see our briefing to MSPs and survey on the situation in Scotland below.

MSP briefing:

CGA survey Scotland: