However, very few people are aware that the Code is being reviewed as we speak and, even though we at The Forum of British Pubs has been working with BEIS officials on the changes required, it’s clear from their consultation, that there is no serious desire to make any meaningful changes, which is a tragedy considering the desperate situation that pubs are currently facing.
Many things need to change but one simple change could easily provide a lifeline to 10,500 tied pubs, and you need to look no further than Regulation 7.
Regulation 7 enables the tied tenant to request to go free of tie or Market Rent Only (MRO) when an unforeseen event occurs, which is going to mean a decrease in the level of trade continuously month on month for 12 months.
Nevermore has such an event occurred than now.
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to achieve due to one condition that must be met and that is that the “event” “is unlikely to impact all pubs in England and Wales”, which the current crisis clearly does.
Simply removing this one line, would enable all tied pubs to request an MRO and therefore give them a fighting chance of achieving profitability in what is going to be a tremendously challenging time.
A simple change to this regulation would save thousands of pubs and therefore The Forum of British Pubs is calling on the Government to “Reform Regulation 7”.
We need your help to get this message to government and that means writing to your MP.
We realise that takes a little time but in the long run it will be worth it and if we can get MP’s to take notice of their constituents and push to Reform Regulation 7.
So please use our template letter (provided in media pack, download below) and write to your MP. Please ensure you edit the necessary information.
- The first step is to find out who your local MP is. You can do this through the WriteToThem website.
- Add your postcode to find your MP, and then click on their name.
- Copy and paste the text of the template letter we have provided into the text box.
- Complete and check all the details and then send.
Lastly, let’s get this message spread far and wide. Download our media pack and post on social media using the #ReformRegulation7 hashtag.