CAMRA launches online petition on pubco reform
NEWS: CAMRA Launches Petition to urge the Government to act immediately and introduce a watchdog to ensure pubs struggling to survive are given a vital lifeline
CAMRA has today launched a petition to build pressure on the Government to introduce a Pubs Watchdog; securing over 5,000 signatures in the first two hours.
The news comes shortly after Shadow Business Minister Toby Perkins MP announced a crucial Parliamentary Debate taking place next Tuesday (21st Jan) calling for reform.
The Government promised to introduce a Pubs Watchdog and Statutory code a year ago but are still stalling their plans.
Now, with 26 pubs being lost in the UK every week, a Pubs Watchdog is urgently required to prevent big pub companies putting many individual publicans' pubs under pressure and risk of closure due to unfair practices.
Sign the petition HERE
CAMRA is sending out a clear message to the Government that enough is enough. It is time for Ministers to stop dragging its feet to ensure we do not risk starting again with the next Government.
We are calling for a Pubs Watchdog to protect publicans, supported by a guest beer right and market rent only option.
Commenting on the petition, Mike Benner, CAMRA's Chief Executive said:
"Our petition is the latest demonstration of public dissatisfaction at the way far too many publicans are treated by the big pub companies. A survey run by the Government saw 96% of people responding supported action and CAMRA's own polling evidence demonstrates high levels of public concern."
"We urge all those who care about the future of their local pub to sign our petition to help prevent pubs being sold off by the big pub companies for conversion to housing, convenience stores or even more betting shops."