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.
Nick Clegg and Vince Cable have been working hard behind the scenes in Government to make sure this deal is delivered. Today Nick said:
"British pubs are often the centre of our community, a place where we meet friends, watch sport and enjoy a Sunday roast – they are a national treasure and the envy of the world.
"They also contribute billions to our economy every year. But for too long, landlords who are tied to larger pub companies have struggled to make ends meet – over half earning less than the minimum wage.
"The self regulatory approach hasn’t worked, so these new rules will give fairer treatment for landlords so that they can keep your local pub going strong."