Pubs Code Review

The Pubs Code was established in 2016 and regulates the tenancies of large estates of tied pubs in England and Wales. It is enforced by a Pubs Code Adjudicator. Background information on the Code and the Adjudicator can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pubs-code-and-adjudicator/pubs-code-and-adjudicator

Since its introduction, CAMRA has raised concerns about the failure of some pub companies to act within the spirit of the Code, and has drawn attention to ways in which it believes the legislation could be improved. CAMRA’s observations about the Code, as it currently exists, can be found in the document here: https://www.camra.org.uk/campaign_resources/policy-submission-to-the-beis-select-committee-on-the-pubs-code-and-adjudicator/

In summary, CAMRA believes that when Parliament brought in the Pubs Code, its intention was for “Market Rent Only” arrangements to be a realistic option for publicans – but in reality, the number of pubs which have been able to adopt such an arrangement and break free of supply ties has been very small.

The Government is required to review the Pubs Code and the Adjudicator’s performance regularly and the first review, covering the period to 31 March 2019, has just been announced. The government is seeking views and evidence which will inform the its statutory review of the Pubs Code and the performance of the Pubs Code Adjudicator.

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