The Fair Deal for Your Local, which launched this afternoon, encourages the public to take part in the consultation process, the results of which will be used by government to deliver regulations to stop big pub chains abusing landlord tenants by forcing them to buy beer at inflated prices – the so called ‘beer tie'.
Added Orford: "Plans for a new code of practice governing the pub sector is the first step towards properly enforcing fairness in the sector. This is an issue we firmly believe in, and consider it the best route to making life for struggling publicans that bit better.
"Many are trying to run businesses with both hands tied behind their backs due to the models they are forced to follow, so it's really pleasing to see at the heart of the consultation a tied licensee will not be worse off than a free-of-tie licensee.
"This is key to ensuring publicans have more autonomy to make their businesses a success and it can't happen soon enough."
The Forum of Private Business was among a group of organisations who today launched an awareness-raising campaign for a government consultation exercise which could deliver a fair deal for ‘tied' pubs.