WREXHAM MP Ian Lucas has promised to work with local pub landlords who are trying to get a fairer deal for the id
Mr Lucas was speaking after meeting one local landlord, Phil Liddell of the Peal o’ Bells in Holt, at Parliament who was attending the Fair Pint Parliamentary lobby which was held at the House of Commons.
Pub landlords are battling against the current system which ties pubs to companies meaning they can only buy beer from them.
After discussions with Mr Liddell, Mr Lucas is now planning to gather the views of local landlords to submit to the Government following a Select Committee Report which
Mr Lucas said: “The point of the Fair Pint lobby – and the excellent website set up by the group at www.fairpint.org.uk – was to highlight the way many pubs are “tied” to pub companies, forcing them to buy all or some of the beer they sell from one source.
“This means that the consumer gets beer at a higher price as some companies place a significant mark up on the beer they sell to pub tenants – who then have no choice but to pass on these costs to the consumer. Both the landlord and his locals pay a higher price as a result of the beer tie system.
“This is an issue which affects many pubs, which can often be the heart of a community in rural areas: it is also an issue I have long been concerned with.”