CAMRA have launched an online petition calling on the Government to introduce a Pubs Watchdog immediately to protect pubs from closure due to unfair practices in the tied pub sector.
In the first 24 hours after the petition launched, CAMRA secured over 15,000 signatures.
The petition comes ahead of a Commons Debate scheduled for Tuesday 21st January where Shadow Business Minister Toby Perkins MP will urge the Government to stop dragging its feet and introduce legislation critical to the longevity of the pub industry. You can watch the debate LIVE HERE on Tuesday 21st January from around 4pm.
The 8-week consultation into reform of the large pub companies launched last year, which promised to introduce a Statutory Code and Adjudicator. But despite 96.2% of people responding to the consultation supporting the need for regulation, the Government are still delaying their plans. CAMRA is now sending out a clear message to the Government that enough is enough. With 26 pubs pulling their last pint every week, a Pubs Watchdog is urgently needed to ensure our best loved pubs are protected.
Our petition is the latest demonstration of public dissatisfaction at the way far too many publicans are treated by the big pub companies. The support the petition has acquired so far is vital evidence to the Government that reform is desperately needed and is supported by the general public.