Paul Newby the Pubs Code Adjudicator (PCA) has announced that he will not be seeking reappointment and will leave office at the end of his current term in May 2020.
CAMRA national chairman Nik Antona said: “As the first person to hold the role of PCA, we recognise the challenge of the new legislation and awful track record of behaviour by pub companies that Paul Newby took on when he was appointed.
“He and his deputy, Fiona Dickie, have made progress pushing pub companies to waive confidentiality on decision notices so that pub tenants finally have access to vital information when disputes with their pubco.
“Unfortunately, it is clear that the Pubs Code is failing. It needs immediate reform to allow Newby’s successor to deliver on the intended aims of the Code and to finally get a fair deal for tenants. We hope that this will be an outcome of the current Statutory Review.”
A chartered surveyor Newby’s time as the PCA has not been without controversy. During his term in office he has faced a number of challenges including the introduction of new and technical legislation, high expectations of change in the regulated pub market and a belligerent stakeholder environment.
Newby was supposed to oversee improved relations between tenants and large pub-owning companies, has criticised the industry that he regulates as he revealed he was resigning from the post
Newby said he had made “significant progress” in efforts to improve conditions for tenants despite facing “resistance and conflict” since he was appointed to enforce new industry rules in 2016.
He said there is still substantial work to be done to achieve Parliament’s aims embodied in the Pubs Code, notably a speedy and accessible right for tenants to go free of tie via the MRO option, if that is right for them.
Newby’s departure comes as the government reviews the effectiveness of the adjudicator and the rules he enforces, the Pubs Code.
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