Pubs Code & Adjudicator
The COVID-19 crisis is an unprecedented threat to pubs. This page contains information on the Save Our Pubs Campaign before the forced closure of pubs to tackle COVID-19.
Click on the button to the right to find out about the campaign to get pub companies to cancel rent for their tenants during the COVID-19 crisis.
Pub tenants tied to big companies are being put out of business
CAMRA campaigned for over 10 years to introduce a Pubs Code and Adjudicator to address the imbalance of power between pub companies and tenants, in which pub companies (pubcos) are charging inflated rents and preventing landlords from buying beer on the open market, running them out of business.
A Code was introduced in England and Wales in 2016 to ensure that tenants tied to pub companies are no worse off than other tenants and can break the tie with their pub company in certain situations. There is a Pubs Code Adjudicator, who has the power to impose financial penalties on pub companies who don’t follow the Code, and arbitration powers to settle disputes between pub companies and tied tenants.
The Government is currently reviewing the Pubs Code. CAMRA is calling for fundamental changes to make sure that tied pub tenants get a fair deal from their pub companies.
Taking the campaign to Scotland
CAMRA is supporting Neil Bibby MSP, who has introduced a Members Bill that if successful will introduce a Pubs Code for pub tenants in Scotland.
Hundreds of CAMRA members lobbied their MSPs to make sure that the Bill achieved the cross-party support needed to get it introduced in the Parliament.
The draft legislation is now being written up and we’re rounding up support for the next big hurdle – when it’s debated and voted on in the Parliament.