The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has urged the Government to stop its “heavy-handed approach” to pubs after more than 7,000 consumers objected to recent legislative proposals.
According to the BBPA some 7,150 pubgoers contacted the Home Office by the end of the consultation period last Friday (14 August) to object to the planned Mandatory Code via the Axe the Beer Tax and Save the Pub websites.
“It is perfectly clear from the last few weeks that there is overwhelming opposition to the Mandatory Code, from the public, licensees and councils,” said BBPA chief executive Dr David Long.
Proposed licensing conditions in the Code are predicted to cost the industry up to £58m and include a ban on irresponsible alcohol promotions, ensuring customers are given the choice to buy the smallest measure available and information about the alcohol unit content of drinks.
In 10 workshops held across England and Wales, 93% of attendees opposed the code in Birmingham, 77% opposed it in the East of England and 70% voted against it in Wales.
Long added: “We agree with the need to end irresponsible promotions and the police and local councils already have the powers to stop them. But we object to these unnecessary new burdens which will cost the industry millions of pounds to implement and will only result in even more pubs forced to close.”
By Emma White
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