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.