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News - 3 February 2009
A new code to control alcohol sales
The British Beer & Pub Association has written to Home Secretary Jacqui Smith asking her to reconsider the Government's proposed mandatory code of practice. The Association believes the code is based on flawed evidence, and will cause more closures.
In a report in the Publican trade magazine Chief executive of the BBPA Rob Hayward argues that the code could cost the trade more than £300m - which includes a £178m fall in yearly turnover - in its first year. This is not surprisingly causing considerable anxiety amongst publicans.
Given that the code is to be part mandatory and part voluntary it will be difficult to discriminate between responsible and irresponsible businesses owners and many good landlords may find themselves out of work.
The Publican also argues that pubs are the safest place for drinking and the Government is missing the target by focusing tougher legislation on pubs while supermarkets are selling alcohol to the really hardened drinkers (many of whom drink at home) and under-age drinkers who are banned from pubs.
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