Scottish Beer & Pub Association respond to Neil Bibby’s Tied Pubs Bill

Responding to the press release by Scottish Labour, the Scottish Beer and Pub Association have called for a rethink on the proposals saying if successful, it would cost jobs, investment and opportunities, while punishing tied-pubs with an expensive levy to meet the costs of the proposal.

SBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds comments:

“This proposed bill seeks to replicate legislation in England & Wales which is completely unsuitable and financially unfeasible for Scotland, seeking a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.

“Only 17% of pubs are under a leased and tenanted arrangement here in Scotland, compared to 40% across the rest of the UK. It simply doesn’t work to compare like-for-like in this case, especially considering the financial burden of this costly legislation would be met by a levy on a tiny minority of pubs.  Furthermore, there is already in place a system of self-regulation in Scotland which safeguards tenants right and came into force less than two years ago.

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