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17th August 2021

New University of York research shows need for change to make Pubs Code fit for purpose

Commenting on the publication of new academic research by Liz Hind and Jed Meers of the University of York on the operation of the statutory Pubs Code in England and Wales, CAMRA Chairman Nik Antona said:

“The evidence from hard working licencees running tied pubs on which this paper is based backs up what CAMRA has been telling the Government for years – that the Pubs Code needs substantial changes to make sure the Code is fit for purpose.

“Tied pub tenants need proper reform of the Pubs Code to make sure that they are property supported as they recover from the impact of the pandemic, rather than subjected to unfair or potentially unlawful treatment.

“Ministers are currently consulting on small changes to the Code and must, as this research suggests, make improvements to the arbitration process.

“However, the upcoming second statutory review of the Code must make more widespread and meaningful change to make sure the Code’s principles of ‘no worse off’ and ‘fair and lawful dealing’ are applied in practice.

“CAMRA is also calling on the Scottish Government to learn the lessons from this research to make sure that the forthcoming statutory Pubs Code in Scotland is fit for purpose from day one.”


Notes to editors: 

The “Code Adjudicator” model: The Pubs Code, statutory arbitration and the tied lease by Jed Meers and Liz Hind has been published today (16th August) in Legal Studies, the journal of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS).

The full paper is available here:

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CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is a not-for-profit consumer group with over 180,000 members that has been operating since 1971. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community.

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