The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has announced that it will issue a legal challenge to the Office of Fair Trading’s decision to reject its super-complaint on anti-competitive practices in the UK pub market. The trade body said that it would pledge funds to the appeal, but that it was also dependent on consumers to raise further finance and was appealing to them to visit its website from 5 January to contribute. Under the Enterprise Act 2002, Camra is entitled to appeal the OFT’s decision to the Competition Appeals Tribunal. In October, Camra criticised the OFT’s decision for failing to protect consumers by taking no further action to address consumer detriment in the pub market following the body’s super-compliant submitted in July. Mike Benner, Camra chief executive, said: “Camra has taken the decision to appeal due to the inability of the OFT to deal with the problems affecting the UK pub sector. “Camra’s super-complaint to the OFT was based on securing a fair deal for the pub-goer, and building a sustainable future for Britain’s pubs. However, we believe the OFT did not take reasonable steps to understand the pub sector, and more generally why over 50 pubs are closing per week across the UK. “We’ve seen the consumer watchdog scrutinised in previous years with the success of the Association of Convenience Stores’ appeal in 2005 in overturning the OFT’s decision at Tribunal. Pending the success of our appeal, Camra remains optimistic of government intervention or a referral to the Competition Commission for a full investigation into the UK pub market.” Camra added that Bob Young, a former member of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission and respected Principal of Europe Economics, had described the OFT’s response as “inadequate as Camra’s super-complaint was compelling. The OFT has not seriously considered whether there is fair competition at a local level which ensures that consumers, or pub landlords for that matter, get the best deal. This is a critical shortcoming in the OFT's response to Camra."