Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton has welcomed the announcement of tough new rules to protect tied pub tenants as "great news for both the pub landlords and pub-goers in Eastleigh borough".
Under new regulations unveiled today by the government, Hampshire landlords battling to pay rent or beer costs will have the right to request a rent review and use an independent adjudicator to deal with disputes.
Commenting on the announcement Mike Thornton MP said: “Local pubs and their owners play a vital part in our communities. But far too many landlords feel their income is squeezed by big pub companies.
"It is time our local pubs got the fair share of the profits they deserve. So, I am really pleased we are taking action to ensure tied tenants are no worse off than the free-of-tie tenants."
PubCos own around half the pubs in the UK and decide where tied landlords can buy beer from and at what price. Landlords tied to large pub companies have long said they are struggling to make a decent living, with more than half claiming they earn less than the minimum wage.
John Buckley, Wessex area Regional Director of the Campaign for Real Ale which has over 6000 local members, said, "After ten years of hard campaigning CAMRA is delighted that the government is at last recognising the importance of the public house to our communities.
"We are pleased that publicans will have more support against the practices of the large PubCos which will both benefit customers and help reduce the number of pub closures.
"Whilst there is still much work to do, local drinkers in local pubs will be raising their glasses to this announcement."