Help struggling landlords plea

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CHESTERFIELD MP Toby Perkins has criticised the Government for ‘failing to take action to help publicans and stop pub closures.’

The shadow minister for small business accused Conservatives of breaking a promise they made in opposition to ensure help is provided.

Labour MP Mr Perkins has called for a statutory code to protect pub tenants and ensure companies offer landlords the chance to sign tenancies without tied beer supply so they can look for the cheapest wholesale drinks prices.

He said: “Pubs play a vital role in communities across Britain in villages, towns and cities. They also contribute hugely to the Government’s tax revenues and employ hundreds of thousands of people, including many young people who are currently finding job- hunting so difficult.”