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PPL – BBPA welcomes delay in proposals to increase fees

31/10/11


The BBPA has welcomed the decision by PPL that it has deferred action on plans for huge fee rises in its Specially Featured Entertainment (SFE) Tariff, which covers the playing of music at discos in pubs and nightclubs.


Following initial responses, PPL has written to licensees saying it envisages a “further substantial period of dialogue with all sections of the industry before any conclusions are reached ... no revisions of the current SFE tariff (other than the customary annual inflation adjustment) will be implemented until 1st January 2013 at the earliest.”


BBPA Chief Executive, Brigid Simmonds, comments:


“I welcome PPL’s postponement of this process. This does leave room for more dialogue in the months ahead. The BBPA will certainly use this opportunity to make the case for pubs - but there is still no case for excessive fee increases or a more complex tariff system. The BBPA has arranged a meeting with PPL alongside other trade bodies and we look forward discussing these issues with them.”


Notes to editors:

The text of the PPL letter to licensees is as follows:


Dear licensee


Specially Featured Entertainment Tariff – Second Consultation Paper


In July 2011 I wrote to you regarding the review PPL is undertaking of its Specially Featured Entertainment (SFE) tariff, enclosing PPL’s second consultation paper.


PPL has received a substantial response to this consultation with over 400 licensees returning their response forms, together with formal responses from the principal trade associations. I would like to express PPL’s thanks for the time and effort taken by our licensees in preparing their responses, all of which will be taken into account as PPL reviews the tariff position. Whilst the official deadline for responses to the consultation of 14th October 2011 has now passed, if you have not yet responded you may still do so, and we will take account of all responses received through to the end of 2011. The consultation paper and response forms can be downloaded from the PPL website http://www.ppluk.com/en/Music-Users/SFE-Consultation/


PPL has scheduled the first of what is likely to be a number of meetings with representative bodies of the industry – the British Beer & Pub Association, ALMR, BEDA and the British Hospitality Association – to consider the results of the consultation process and the specific issues raised by the representative bodies in their own responses.


As we have stated from the outset, this is a genuine consultation on the part of PPL. We are anxious to determine the views of our licensees and their representatives and to hear their thoughts on the economics and development of the late night entertainment industry, particularly in the current economic climate. The review process has been underway for a number of years now and we envisage a further substantial period of dialogue with all sections of the industry before any conclusions are reached. We look forward to playing a positive and constructive role in this process. Hence no revisions of the current SFE tariff (other than the customary annual inflation adjustment) will be implemented until 1st January 2013 at the earliest.


In the meantime discussions will continue with the representative bodies and with licensees and we will be in contact again once these have been concluded. If however during this period you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Yours sincerely


Richard Stewart
Head of Dubbing & Tariff Development


The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector. Its members account for 96 per cent of the beer brewed in the UK and around half of Britain’s 51,000 pubs.




Tags:

Culture & Tourism, Regulation, Pubs


For further information contact:

Neil Williams
Head of Media
nwilliams@beerandpub.com
Tel: 020 7627 9156 / 07974 249 779


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