Barbara Keeley MP


Barbara welcomes Government support for struggling local pubs

dclg logoBarbara has welcomed a new £4 million Government action plan to give practical support to struggling pubs.

The money will be used to give struggling local pubs tailored advice and business support to keep them running. New planning powers will also be given to local councils to make sure local people can have their say before a pub is closed.

Pubs will also be helped by the removal of “beer ties” which require pub landlords to buy beer only from pub companies. Instead, pubs will now be able to support local breweries by buying locally-sourced guest ales as well as their usual stock. They will also be able to branch out into other ventures like restaurants, gift shops and bookshops, without having to seek prior approval from the council. A consultation is also underway to look into cutting the requirement for music licences in certain venues to make it easier for pubs to have live music.

Barbara said:

“I recently met local publicans who were telling me how hard they were finding it to keep their pubs going and serving their local communities. They were very concerned about difficulties caused by the system of Beer Ties and other conditions of their tenancies with the pub companies.  I’m pleased to see the Government has responded by helping struggling pubs to stay open.

“I support the work of the GMB union who have been campaigning for a fairer deal for pub tenants tied to pub companies as they often have to pay double the wholesale prices available on the open market. I welcome the Government’s decision to slash these “beer ties” and to encourage pubs to stock local beers as well.

“Allowing pubs to branch out and offer other services will help keep them running and could restore them to the heart of the community by giving local people a greater stake in the future of their local pub.”

More information can be found here on the Department for Communities and Local Government website.

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