MP Barclay calls for fairer deal for pubs

MP STEVE BARCLAY AT RED LION WISBECH.North East Cambridgeshire MP Steve Barclay was pulling pints be

MP STEVE BARCLAY AT RED LION WISBECH.North East Cambridgeshire MP Steve Barclay was pulling pints behind the bar at the Red Lion, North Brink Wisbech - Credit: Archant

A CAMPAIGN to ensure a fairer deal for pubs and independent breweries has been backed by MP Steve Barclay.

Mr Barclay, MP for NE Cambs, joined 170 fellow MPs in supporting The Fair Deal for Your Local Campaign.

The campaign is backing Government action to protect licensee landlords’ profits from excessive rents and high beer prices levied by large pub chains.

The Government’s plans include an official code of practice for big pub companies and the introduction of a powerful adjudicator to give licensee landlords protection.

Mr Barclay said: “Local pubs and our excellent local breweries deserve a

fair share of the profits that the large pub companies take from their

products.

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“Local pubs serve a vital function in village and small town communities and landlords shouldn’t have to struggle to stay afloat when big chains are profiting.

“It is not a fair deal that 57 per cent of pub landlords who have signed a license with a big pub company stand to earn less than £10,000 a year on average, whilst the chain continues to cream off big profits.

“These new protections could mean that the average licensed-tied pub is at least £4,000 better off every year.”

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