The Government has launched its promised review of the Pubs Code and the effectiveness of the adjudicator.

A consultation was launched this morning and will run until 22 July seeking views on the performance of adjudicator, Paul Newby, and how the code has operated since it came into force in July 2016.

Launching the report, small business minister, Kelly Tolhurst, said: “I have heard mixed views about how well the Code is operating in practice and I want this review to find the evidence to show what is working well and what changes might make it work better. I am approaching this review with an open mind and want to hear from a wide range of interests, in particular those who have used the Code or have engaged with the Pubs Code Adjudicator over the last three years.”

Responding to the launch, British Beer & Pub Association chief executive, Brigid Simmonds, said: “The six companies covered by the Pubs Code have always been committed to working within both the letter and spirit of the legislation to support the success of leased and tenanted pubs and publicans alike.

“Whilst there have been some challenges with parts of the implementation of the Code for all involved, the BBPA and the companies covered by the code continue to work closely with the Adjudicator and other stakeholders to resolve these.

“The BBPA welcomes this consultation as a valuable opportunity to assess the ongoing impact of the Code and the effectiveness of the Adjudicator, as well as to make suggestions for improvements.”