CAMRA is calling on tied tenants in England and Wales to share their views on the Pubs Code and how it is working via an online survey.
The consumer group is keen to ensure tied tenants’ views are front and centre in the second statutory review of the legislation.
The Pubs Code is a fundamental part of the legislation that is meant to regulate and balance the relationship between tied tenants and their pub companies. It was brought in after the self-regulation regimes put in place by pub-owning businesses were found by Parliament to have failed.
A review of how it is working in practice has been launched by the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy and will cover the period April 2019 to March 2022.
CAMRA chair Nik Antona said: “The introduction of the Pubs Code was the culmination of years of campaigning by tied tenants. However, it’s not delivering as it was intended. It’s vital that tied tenants take part in the Pubs Code review and are able to be honest and open about where the code is working, and, more importantly, where it isn’t.
“Every time legislation concerning pub companies is proposed or reviewed, we see the inevitable slew of press releases and reports extolling the virtues of the tied model. While pub companies certainly offer services for tenants, it is vital that tied tenants are given the opportunity to share views independently of their pub companies, and with the option to remain anonymous if they wish — which our survey allows.
“We will be submitting the survey results to the Department for Energy, Business, and Industrial Strategy, alongside our formal submission, which will raise issues such as inflated dilapidations bills, guest beer rights, and the necessary expansion of the remit of the code to include more tied tenants and types of operating agreements.”
• The survey has the option of anonymous response and is available here.