About the Bill
The aim of the Tied Pubs Bill is to improve the position of tied pub tenants by requiring the establishment of a Scottish Pub Code to govern the relationship between pub-owning businesses and their tied tenants and ensuring the appointment of a Scottish Pubs Code Adjudicator to apply the code.
A tied pub is one where there is a contract between the owner (pub-owning business) and the tenant, which means that the tenant has to buy certain products (mainly beer) from the owner at a higher than normal wholesale cost in exchange for rent of the pub (the rent is often set at a lower than market value).
There are currently around 750 tied pubs in Scotland.
Current Status of the Bill
The Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee is considering the Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill and recently asked for people to submit their views. This is a challenging time for businesses and the pub industry will be prioritising the needs of their business and staff at this time. We have therefore agreed to pause the call for views and plans for oral evidence for now. We will update you again in due course.
We have agreed to pause the call for views, survey and plans for oral evidence for now. We will update you again in due course.
If there’s anything you wish to highlight to the Committee relating to COVID-19 and the impact it is having on you in the pub sector, please get in touch.