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SCOTTISH PUB

Every year, too many of Scotland’s favourite pubs are forced to close due to declining visitor numbers and mounting costs. We want you to join us in protecting our country’s locals, giving the person that really matters – you – the power to keep iconic institutions open and get your favourite pints on tap at fairer prices.

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WHAT ARE TIED PUBS?

 In Scotland, nearly 1,000 pubs are what’s known as ‘tied’; an agreement in which individuals rent from pub owners, with an obligation to purchase alcohol from a particular brewery or company.

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Unlike free houses, this means pub tenants are sometimes forced into tricky deals of stocking only certain suppliers for fixed amounts, regardless of the (lack of) return. On top paying higher rents, they’re often made to purchase beer, cider, wine and spirits at inflated prices with limited control over choice – a situation that’s forcing more pubs to close and uncertain futures for those that remain.

WHAT IS THE TIED PUBS BILL?

Tough times for institutions across the country are made worse by high costs, limited choice for consumers and contractual disputes in their tied agreements. More and more tied pub tenants are falling victim to crippling restrictions, with inferior legislation and less protection than institutions in England and Wales.

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Scottish Labour MSP Neil Bibby is fighting to establish a Scottish Pubs Code, allowing greater protection and freedom for pub tenants in a ‘tied pub’ agreement with their landlord. We want to protect Scotland’s pubs and prevent any more falling victim to unfair rules – giving them the freedom to leave agreements that don’t work.

OUR AIMS

 

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

Give your favourite pubs the ability to opt out of crippling arrangements and let locals be run how they should be run.

Public consultation for the bill is now open until Tuesday 20 June 2017. Join the campaign and support Scotland’s locals.

Public Consultation Document as PDF

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OUR DRAFT PROPOSAL AIMS TO:

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Provide Scottish licensees the same opportunities afforded to their counterparts in England and Wales

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Give customers more choice over the drinks on sale

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Make it fairer for tenants of pubs who have a ‘tied’ arrangement with large owning companies

A WORD FROM NEIL BIBBY MSP

Neil Bibby MSP

Times have been tough for the pub trade as a whole but many tied pub tenants can encounter additional problems, from the high cost and limited selection of tied products to contractual disputes with their pub company owners.

All of this can leave tied pubs worse off than pubs which have no tied arrangement, hurting these hard-working small businesses and restricting choice for customers.

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The aim of my proposed Bill is to ensure that tenants of large pub companies who have a tied arrangement are treated fairly and are no worse off than free-of-tie tenants.

I propose to introduce a statutory Scottish Pubs Code to govern the relationship between tied tenants and their pub company owners, and a Scottish Pubs Code Adjudicator to enforce the Code.

In bringing reform to this sector, I want to give tied tenants the ability to opt out of tied arrangements if they wish, and pay a fair and reasonable market rent for their pub premises. I want tied pubs tenants to be free to source and purchase products as they see fit and to have the flexibility they need to react to changes which affect their business in this competitive and often crowded market.

My proposal does not force an end to tied arrangements in the pub industry. If some feel that the tie is working well, then nothing need change. However, those who feel it is not working for them or their business will have the option to do something about it.

I look forward to receiving and reading your responses.

Neil Bibby MSP February 2017

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  • This proposal is about fairness, choice and jobs. Fairness for Scotland’s publicans, greater choice for pub customers, and an opportunity to protect and create jobs in Scotland’s pub and brewing industry.

    NEIL BIBBY
    MSP, Scottish Labour
  • CAMRA fully welcomes the new consultation that has been launched into the tied pub sector by Neil Bibby. We expect that it will paint a picture of pubs struggling to survive across Scotland, with examples of large pub companies taking more than is fair or sustainable from individual publicans’ profits.

    COLIN VALENTINE
    National Chairman, CAMRA
  • The SLTA are delighted to support Neil Bibby’s bill advocating protection for Scottish pub tenants. With more and more pubs closing in Scotland each week, it’s crucial the government takes action to protect tenants who are the most vulnerable operators in our trade.

    PAUL WATERSON
    Chief Executive of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association
  • GMB Scotland supports the proposed Tied Pubs Bill…This intervention is not before time and our members will warmly welcome Neil Bibby’s efforts to bring about changes to the industry that can only benefit Scottish jobs and the Scottish economy in the long run.

    MARTIN DORAN
    Scotland Organiser, GMB

RESPONSES

Responses to the consultation will be posted on this page.

Responses listed here are those received through the online survey.

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4 St Mirren Street
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PA1 1UA

Neil.Bibby.msp@parliament.scot

0141 889 0457

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