CAMRA reacts to research showing Pubs Code need major changes

CAMRA Chairman has made comment on the publication of new academic research by Liz Hind and Jed Meers of the University of York on the operation of the statutory Pubs Code in England and Wales.

Nik Antona (pictured) said, “The evidence from hard working licencees running tied pubs on which this paper is based backs up what CAMRA has been telling the Government for years - that the Pubs Code needs substantial changes to make sure the Code is fit for purpose.

“Tied pub tenants need proper reform of the Pubs Code to make sure that they are property supported as they recover from the impact of the pandemic, rather than subjected to unfair or potentially unlawful treatment.'

Antona went on, “Ministers are currently consulting on small changes to the Code and must, as this research suggests, make improvements to the arbitration process.

“However, the upcoming second statutory review of the Code must make more widespread and meaningful change to make sure the Code’s principles of ‘no worse off’ and ‘fair and lawful dealing’ are applied in practice.'

Antona finished, “CAMRA is also calling on the Scottish Government to learn the lessons from this research to make sure that the forthcoming statutory Pubs Code in Scotland is fit for purpose from day one.”