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UKHospitality reacts PCA agreement

18 September 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Pernille Thomsen
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UKHospitality has welcomed the announcement that the Pubs Code Adjudicator has agreed on principles for the publication of pubs code arbitration decisions.

UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said:

“have been working hard with pub companies, pressing for this, so we are pleased to see progress, with all of the pub companies covered by the code agreeing to a common set of principles to make arbitration decisions transparent. 

However, it is important that the details of the principles are made public promptly, to allow an assessment of how this will work in practice, and how effective it will be. UKH remains willing to work with the BBPA and other stakeholder bodies to ensure solutions are as fair, workable and transparent as possible. 

However, there are still concerns that flaws within the legislation cause delays in concluding MRO casesputting additional financial pressure on tenants. We highlighted this in our submission to the recent BEIS select committee and throughout our dialogue with key stakeholders. 

The recent PCA compliance report analysis highlighted areas of concern such as the low number of MRO cases and use of section 25 notices. We maintain that the PCA’s key priority should be focusing on fast and effective arbitration decisions, including retrospective rulings, and clearly written guidance with clear precedents, so tenants are not financially disadvantaged. 

Despite the PCA’s welcome efforts to provide clarity on the Pubs Code, it remains an unwieldy piece of legislation which still requires a full review taking into account robust evidence and ensuring it delivers workable and timely solutions for all. 

ENDS  

Notes to editors  

  • UKHospitality is the new trade body representing the UK’s hospitality sector, established following a merger approved in February 2018 between the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) and the British Hospitality Association (BHA) 
  • UKHospitality is the authoritative voice for over 700 companies, operating around 65,000 venues in a sector that employs 3.2 million people 
  • The body speaks on behalf of a wide range of leisure and ‘out-of-home’ businesses, from FTSE 100 enterprises to niche groups and independent single-site operators 
  • For the first time, the sector has a single voice bringing together businesses from all aspects of hospitality; coffee shops, hotels, serviced apartments, pubs, restaurants, leisure parks, nightclubs, contract caterers, entertainment, stadia and visitor attractions 
  • Engaging with government, the media and the public, UKHospitality works to develop a robust case on how to unlock the industry’s full potential as the biggest engine for growth in the economy and ensure that the industry’s needs are effectively represented 
  • The sector creates £130bn in economic activity and generates £38bn of tax for the Exchequer, funding vital services 
  • Hospitality represents 10% of UK employment, 6% of businesses and 5% of GDP 
  • Hospitality is the 3rd largest private sector employer in the UK; double the size of financial services and bigger than automotive, pharmaceuticals and aerospace combined 
  • Member benefits include free advice and expert guidance on regulation, finance and health and safety as well as savings on services from carefully selected business partners. 

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