Norfolk landlords back government’s pub watchdog proposals

Nick Clegg at The King's Head, Letheringsett. Pictured with Norman Lamb MP and pub owner Chris Coubrough.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Nick Clegg at The King's Head, Letheringsett. Pictured with Norman Lamb MP and pub owner Chris Coubrough. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
7:57 AM

Pub landlords in Norwich have welcomed the government’s plans to introduce an independent adjudicator in the industry, which they say could save traditional pubs from closure.

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The government wants to establish a new statutory code, which will be enforced by an independent adjudicator, to look at the relationship between large pub companies and publicans, it was announced yesterday.

The aim of the code will be to ensure fair practices for issues including rents and the prices publicans pay for beer. The adjudicator would also have the power to investigate and deal with disputes between pub companies and publicans, and in some cases have the power to fine.

Dawn Hopkins, who spoke at a mass rally near the Houses of Parliament in November calling for the controversial beer tax/duty escalator (BDE) to be axed, said the move was encouraging. Ms Hopkins, who is the landlady at Ketts Tavern in Norwich said it would mean cheaper beer for the customers.

She said: “I’m pleased with the decision. I think that the pubcos have been allowed to get away with too much for too long. It will be easier for people to run their pubs. They are suffering at the hands of the pubcos with rents and the prices they have to pay. Hopefully it will stop so many pubs from closing. Pubs are in an incredibly difficult position at the moment.”

The proposed adjudicator will have the power to carry out investigations and impose financial penalties.

A six-week consultation on the government’s proposal will be held in the spring. Norwich North MP, Chloe Smith, who regularly holds her surgeries in pubs to support the local community, said she welcomed the action which would give landlords a fairer deal.

For more on this story, see today’s Eastern Daily Press.

6 comments

  • Strange to have a photo of Norman Lamb on this article, given that he supports the beer duty escalator.

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    Callum Ringer

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

  • I'll be interested to see the full detail. Vince Cable was flip flopping on the idea of a "free of tie" option yesterday, which many would argue would help these pubs. Now will North Norfolk District Council tomorrow support our local in Holt, or are they still agreeing with pubcos that it isn't profitable?

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    Jono

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

  • Callum, he also said when he was business minister the government would take no action against pub companies.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

  • Me and the wife enjoy our pub trips, I think it is every Englishmans duty to use a pub and drink proper beer at least once a fortnight. Pubs are closing at an alarming rate, so use them!

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    John Bridge

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

  • The way we socialise now is changing beyond all recognition. It is not just the beer taxes, or the smoking ban, nor the cheap supermarket booze, or the drink driving issues, or the march of the pub chains, and to top it all the ongoing recession. People feel much happier in their houses keeping themselves to themselves. I fear for the English pub as the general population just do ot venture out anymore.

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    me

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

  • Oh it's nothing to do with the government then who are now raking in on average, over £1 in beer duty and VAT for every single pint you buy in the pub.

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    John L Norton

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

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