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‘Pubs need better deal’ says landlady of Golden Slipper in Goodramgate, York
THE pressure from big pub companies on pub managers and tenant landlords in York was discussed when York MP Hugh Bayley met one of the city’s longest-serving landladies.
Anita Adams has owned and run the Golden Slipper in Goodramgate for 25 years,.
But she believes licensees in the city who are tied to major pub companies are being squeezed out of business. She met Mr Bayley over a pint yesterday to discuss the issue.
Mrs Adams said the problem was that licensees tied to the pub companies are having to pay inflated prices for beer.
“They can’'t shop around and get things cheaper,” she said.
“Then the Government puts up VAT. In real terms the price has gone up to us and the consumer by 50 per cent from three years ago.
“This is affecting the 90,000 people who work in this industry.”
Earlier this week, the Government announced it would introduce tighter regulations ruling the relationship between the big companies and licensees, following a speech in Parliament by Mr Bayley.
Speaking at The Golden Slipper, he said: “York’s pubs keep attracting visitors and local people. They are one of the things which make York the city it is. Anita is an experienced licensee who works hard at developing her pub and coming up with new ideas, but like hundreds of pubs across the country there is a limit to how much can be achieved through hard work and determination. The Government needs to do more to help the industry.”
“I was pleased when the Government did a U-turn and agreed to introduce a statutory code to regulate pub companies, but that needs backing up with other measures. They should be doing more to support the pub industry. They should get rid of the beer ties and conduct a review into the impact of the beer duty escalator.”