ALMR comments on the BII view on Pub Regulation

By | June 4, 2014

ALMR comments on the BII view on Pub Regulation and the Queen’s Speech offers pubs cheer Responding to today’s Queen’s Speech, setting out the legislative agenda for the final session of Parliament before the General Election, the ALMR welcomed the confirmation that a Small Business, Enterprise and Employment bill would be included, but warned Government not to give with one hand only to take with the other. The Bill will introduce additional protections for small businesses, particularly pubs and would also introduce regulation on the use of zero-hours contracts ALMR Strategic Affairs Director, Kate Nicholls said: “The Government pledges once again to tackle red tape and measures to force Departments to go further and faster in this area are welcome. Despite the Hospitality Red Tape Challenge, we still have not seen a significant reduction in the level of red tape being faced by operators on the ground. Few if any of the detailed proposals submitted by the industry have been taken forward. The Government can do much more to tackle legislative costs and bureaucracy in the sector and we hope that these measures go further in allowing businesses to invest and thrive.” “At the same time, care needs to be taken not to increase employment costs. The Government is right to make its focus the tackling of abuse rather than use of contract and pay terms but we need to ensure that pub, clubs and restaurants still retain the flexibility to invest in their staff and drive growth. “In the run-up to the General Election we hope that this Government can deliver on its much-publicised declaration of being ‘unashamedly pro-work and pro-business’.” BII view on Pub Regulation Commenting on the publication yesterday of the Government’s response to the consultation on future regulation of pub companies, Tim Hulme, commenting on behalf of the Pub Governing Body, said: “The Government response makes clear that the future of PIRRS and PICAS is in the hands of the industry and as a Governing Body we are committed to ensuring that all tenants at risk of unfair treatment are supported appropriately. The need for these bodies as low cost dispute resolution mechanisms will remain going forward and indeed their role will be ever more critical in the run up to the code being implemented. They have a vital role to play in resolving disagreements at an early stage and working to secure positive outcomes for tenants and lessees and might allow the statutory adjudicator to focus on the most intractable issues or systemic breaches” Importantly, with any model going forward, I hope that the work led by the late Bernard Brindley in driving forward PIRRS and PICAS isn’t overlooked” Kate Nicholls Strategic Affairs Director Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers

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