During the Commons debate on the second reading of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill in the House of Commons this week, Mike Kane MP praised local campaigner Paul Naylor from the Legh Arms Sale.
Mike said: “Will you join me in thanking those who are working tirelessly organising community campaigns to retain and support their local pubs, like Paul Naylor from the Legh Arms in Sale in my constituency.”
Mike added: “Many pubs are the heart of their local community and are much more than just a place to drink. They help keep local social networks going and are often the focal point for community events.”
“Up to 27 pubs a week are closing. The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment bill is a start but the Government needs to be doing more to support these vital local businesses.”
- Beer and pubs contribute £22billion to UK GDP and generate £11bn in tax revenue.
- In total the beer and pub sector supports over 900,000 jobs.
- 46% of those employed in the sector are 16-24 year olds.
- Labour have called three votes in the Commons since 2012 to demand a statutory code to put the relationship between landlords/licensees and their large Pub Companies (known as PubCos) on a fairer statutory footing.
- Every time the Tories and Lib Dems have voted against and in the meantime 27 pubs a week have closed.
- Labour are pleased the government have now accepted the need to legislate for a statutory code and will work with them to get this proposal passed as quickly as possible to help protect community pubs, but feel their proposals fall short in many areas.
- Labour are not convinced that the limited transparency brought in will deliver the government’s own principle that no publican would be worse off than if they were free of tie.
- Labour MPs will seek to ensure that the Secretary of State has the right to introduce a mandatory market rent only option in the near future if these reforms do not deliver.
- There are also fears that small family brewers, who have not been involved in the major abuses in the industry, will be hit with onerous new regulations which could hurt this thriving sector.
- Labour MPs will seek to amend the legislation to protect them and ensure the burdens fall on those who have been guilty of past abuses and can bear the load.