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Rectify Pubs Code errors

Friday, May 6, 2016
GMB Calls On Small Business Minister To Rectify Pubs Code Errors Without Delay

The government should hang its head in shame at the contemptible treatment of tenants who are desperate for the legislation to kick in says GMB.

GMB, the union for tied pub tenants, has called for Small Business Minister Anna Soubry to quickly rectify mistakes following the news that the Pubs Code has been withdrawn after two drafting errors were discovered. (See notes to editors for previous GMB press releases about the Pubs Code).

The code, which will govern the relationship between large pub-owning businesses and their tied tenants, was originally planned to come into force on 26th May 2016, but will now be delayed until at least June while legislation is redrafted.

Steve Kemp, GMB National Officer, said “GMB is, like every other pub tenant representative body, completely outraged at the seemingly never ending incompetence of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

After four cross-party government enquiries, two unanimous back bench votes, the most evidenced public consultation, a ground breaking House of Commons victory, numerous attempts to dismantle the legislation by Conservative peers and a lead time of 18 Months, the Pubs Code will still be late. Thousands of tenants who could have benefited from the market rent option after May 26th will now have to wait until the Small Business Minister gets her act together.

The government should hang its head in shame at the contemptible treatment of not only the tenants who are desperate for the legislation to kick in, but the campaign team who worked so tirelessly to fight against the endless stream of obstacles placed in their way by a government who will always put the needs of big business over small.”


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Contact: Steve Kemp 07730 898102 or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691

Notes to editors

GMB press release dated Thursday, March 10, 2016

GMB Comment On Appointment Of Paul Newby As Pubs Code Adjudicator

Appointment of adjudicator with Pubcos as clients is the ‘mother of all stitch ups’ says GMB.

GMB, the union for tied pub tenants, commented on the announcement by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills that Paul Newby has been appointed as pubs code adjudicator who has responsibility for enforcing the Statutory Pubs Code. See notes to editors for copy of the press release from BIS.

Steve Kemp GMB National Officer said: “This appointment of Paul Newby is the ‘mother of all stitch ups’. A person who has close links to the pub companies Enterprise Inns and Punch Taverns is bizarre and totally unfathomable.

An adjudicator is someone who needs to be impartial and without baggage closely linked to the pub companies as Mr Newby does as a director of Fleurets, a company that has Enterprise and Punch as clients.

The Government has failed miserably at the first hurdle and GMB calls on the Government to undo the first stitch and re appoint somebody much more suitable to the job of adjudicator.”

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