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New proposals to stand up for British pubs and prevent unfair practices

Plans for pub industry adjudicator to help tackle unfair practices, including rents and the prices publicans pay for beer.

Struggling pub landlords were promised help yesterday with Business Secretary Vince Cable announcing plans for an independent Adjudicator to address unfair practices in the industry.

As well as the new Adjudicator Dr Cable also wants to establish a new statutory Code to look at the relationship between large pub companies and publicans, which will be enforced by the Adjudicator. This new Code will ensure fair practices for a number of issues including rents and the prices publicans pay for beer. It would also have the power to investigate and deal with disputes between pub companies (pubcos) and publicans, and in some cases have the power to fine.

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