PLANS to help pub landlords struggling against ‘unfair’ practices have been backed by Nick Clegg.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP said he hopes Government proposals, which include creation of an independent pubs adjudicator, will ‘ensure publicans get a fair deal’.
The adjudicator will investigate problems such as high rents and beer prices which, for pubs under a beer tie, are sometimes as much as double the market rate.
Sheffield landlords fear the costs are putting their livelihoods at risk.
The new adjudicator will enforce a statutory code, which will oversee the relationship between publicans and large pub companies, to ensure publicans get a fair deal on rent and beer prices.
Mr Clegg said: “Pubs are a cornerstone of our community, but many publicans have told me they have been struggling in recent years thanks to some unfair practices by large pub companies.
“These new measures will give hard-working publicans a fairer chance at running their pub so they can continue to serve their communities. It is great news for pubs, publicans and customers.
“This coalition Government is delivering on our aim of being a pro-pub Government.”