A fairer deal for pub landlords

Thousands of pub landlords will be protected against unfair treatment and hardship under new plans unveiled today.

The announcement follows a long-running campaign by Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland, who was one of the first MPs to highlight the unfair treatment of landlords tied to pub firms. Two weeks ago he presented a petition of more than 45,000 signatures to introduce a pubs adjudicator. Today, the Coalition Government has announced it will do just that – creating an independent Pubs Adjudicator to ensure landlords who are tied to large pub firms are no worse of than independent pubs.
A new code will also give pub landlords more rights, such as the right to request a rent review if they have not had one for five years and the Adjudicator will have the power to fine companies that breach the code.

Currently, landlords who are tied to large pub firms say they are struggling to make a decent living and more than half say they are earning less than the minimum wage. Today’s announcement will help to tackle this unfairness in the system.

Last year Calderdale Liberal Democrats ran a successful campaign to help save Calderdale’s pub. The campaign saw Calderdale Council adopting a range of polices to help try and protect local pubs from closure.  Commenting on the proposal Cllr James Baker said: “We are very pleased to see that Liberal Democrats in Government have been taking action to try and save our local just as Liberal Democrats here in Calderdale have successfully been campaigning on the issue.

Cllr Baker & Battye supporting the Little Valley brewery based in Calderdale. Photograph by Jade Smith.

Cllr Baker & Battye supporting the Little Valley brewery based in Calderdale. Photograph by Jade Smith.

Helping to save your local

This week Calderdale Council debated our motion to help save Calderdale’s pubs. Thanks to the support of all of you that backed this campaign.  We are delighted to inform you that the motion won cross-party support and was passed.

We now need to build on this success to make sure the Council puts into action what it has agreed.
The motion contained a range of practical measures that will help change how the Council handles planning applications. It will also ensure the Council lobbies the government to take action on things like the high taxes on beer that our killing our locals.
Picture by Robert Wade. Some rights reserved. http://www.flickr.com/photos/rossendalewadey/3863910769/

Picture by Robert Wade. Some rights reserved. http://www.flickr.com/photos/rossendalewadey/3863910769/

We also think there is more scope for the Council to work with pubs so we are delighted the communities scrutiny panel will examine these possibilties in more detail. We know elsewhere in the Country people have been able to borrow library books, or collect parcels from their local. This would be of great benefit to some of the village communities in Calderdale.

Our jobs, social spaces and traditions are built around our fantastic pubs. So thank you for doing your bit to help protect your local.

We are always looking for people to help get involved with in local politics. As you can see the campaigns we run can make a real difference to our community. Our membership is growing, and this is a great time to get involved. 

Liberal Democrats launch ‘Save our Pubs’ Campaign

We are launching  a campaign to save Calderdale pubs from threats of closure. Research from CAMRA that shows across the country 26 pubs are closing every week and  if something isn’t done now we risk losing more of our cherished community pubs.

The Coalition government has introduced measures in the localism act to register community facilities such as local pubs as community assets. This power has already been used in Calderdale by campaigns to save the Fox & Goose in Hebden Bridge and the Holy Well Inn in Holywell Green. However we believe both the government and the local Council need to go further to protect our cherished pubs from closure.

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The campaign is asking for a number of practical measures from Calderdale  Council and Government such as reforming large pub companies to giving pubs better protection under planning legislation. We have launched a campaign website and petition at www.savecalderdalepubs.com which local residents are signing to demonstrate their support. We then intend to put forward a motion to Council calling for better protection of pubs. We hope this will receive cross-party support.

 Councillor Janet Battye leader of Calderdale Liberal Democrats said: “Local pubs are hubs of the community and are vitally important, especially in the villages that have lost their post officer or shop. We are running this campaign to get Calderdale Council to take action to protect pubs. ”

Cllr Baker & Battye supporting the Little Valley brewery based in Calderdale. Photograph by Jade Smith.

Cllr Baker & Battye supporting the Little Valley brewery based in Calderdale. Photograph by Jade Smith.

Councillor James Baker said “The coalition has helped reduce the cost of living by scrapping the beer duty escalator.  We think it should go further in lowering beer tax so people can afford to be social and visit their local, rather than having to buy cheap booze from a supermarket.