Following on from last week’s blog about the Boost Bingo campaign I’m pleased to write about another campaign success.
Last month I joined a group of licensees, consumers and brewers in Westminster to present the petition to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The petition had been signed by over 43,000 people and asked the Government to introduce a new code of conduct for large pub companies, with a watchdog to enforce it.
I have been supporting the Campaign For Real Ale and other campaigners on this issue for a long time, after hearing the stories of many publicans who found themselves working long hours for less than the minimum wage as pub companies tried to squeeze every penny out of them for a short term gain.
All of this has been happening while we have seen pubs in decline. Between 1982 and 2005 51 pubs closed in Bolton, an average of two a year, and since 2006 more than 60 have shut.
I was pleased to hear that the Government have listened to publicans and included in the Queen’s Speech a plan to introduce reforms. Tenant landlords will be able to question the need for a rent rise, if their owners suggest it, and request their own rent review after five years.
I will continue to work with CAMRA and other campaigners to make sure that the new Adjudicator has real powers to support pub landlords and make sure that they remain an important part of our community.
Supporting our pubs in Westminster
Backing a campaign to stop the alcohol duty escalator and pouring a pint of Bolton’s own Flat Cap Ale in the House of Commons bar.