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Healey Backs Pub Reforms

Tuesday May 7 2013

MP John Healey MP John Healey

MP John Healey has backed plans for a crackdown on pub companies by the government.

Mr Healey, Labour MP for Wentworth and Dearne, has also written to business secretary Vince Cable urging him to stop delaying and take immediate action against high rents and product prices.

“Major reform is needed," he wrote. "As many as 16 pubs close every week, and there is widespread acceptance that the industry is too skewed towards the big companies and away from pub goers and lessees.”

Mr Healey has signed an early-day motion welcoming the launch of a consultation to develop a ‘long overdue’ code of practice.

The code will cover pub companies charging high rents, and the beer tie under which landlords are forced to pay high prices for beer.

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Reply Posted by king louis on Tuesday May 7 2013 at 15:54
share price is the only thing major government are interested in

Reply Posted by Stevo on Tuesday May 7 2013 at 17:20
Noting to do with the Beer Duty Escalator Tax that the idiotic Labour Party introduced then?

Pub co's are allowed to exist because previous governments kept taxing the "cash cow" breweries.

Incidentally, our wonderful MP's, (with their snouts in the trough as usual) have just voted to lower the price of their ale in the bars that WE subsidise in Westminster.

Bet Healey didn't mention that did he?

Reply Posted by Tony on Tuesday May 7 2013 at 19:14
Too many pubs selling 'near by date' (but really out of date) beer in order to reduce costs. When white-van-man stops delivering and the brewery wagon returns, so will I. My local re-opened recently, tried it once, disgusting beer at a discusting price with youths out of control. In the meantime I'll carry on paying a £6 e/w taxi and feel like I've had a night out.