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Localism Bill change is huge saving to trade – Brigid Simmonds


Commenting on last-minute changes made to the Localism Bill in the House of Lords last night on ‘community right to buy’, Brigid Simmonds, British Beer & Pub Association Chief Executive, said:

“This is a breakthrough which shows that the Government has listened to our concerns. We have been pressing for months for changes that would allow legitimate, business-to-business sales of pubs to go ahead, keeping them outside the scope of the community-right-to-buy system.

“This change removes the potential for huge uncertainty and delays under the original plans. This would have cost the pub trade millions of pounds, with no benefit to the local community. It’s a good result.”

Notes to editors:

Clause 83 of the Bill was amended at Report Stage in the Lords last night. The insertion “(f) if the disposal is of an estate in land on which a business is carried on and is at the same time, and to the same person, as a disposal of that business as a going concern,” gives effect to this change.

The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector. Its members account for 96% of the beer brewed in the UK and own nearly two thirds of Britain’s 52,500 pubs.


Community, Regulation, Pubs, Property & Planning

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