To code or not to code?

Scottish Parliment

LICENSEES have been encouraged to respond to a consultation on proposals for a Scottish pubs code.

The consultation, which closes on July 31, seeks views on Labour MSP Neil Bibby’s Proposed Tied Pubs (Code and Adjudicator) (Scotland) Bill.

Respondents are asked if they think there is a need for a pubs code in Scotland, similar to that in England and Wales, and a pubs adjudicator to help resolve disputes between pubcos and tenants.

Bibby encouraged licensees to “use this opportunity to show the government that licensees in Scotland … deserve the same level of protection as those in England and Wales”.

The proposals have been backed by organisations including the Scottish Licensed Trade Association and CAMRA.

However, Scottish Beer & Pub Association chief executive, Brigid Simmonds, said the proposed Bill would “actually do the opposite of what [Bibby] is setting out to achieve”.