Wells & Young's has increased its beer prices 2% from this week but all of Charles Wells 250 tenants will be protected from the rise until 1 June. It is part of a support package that will also include several price promotions to help pubs badly affected by the December snow and to combat the VAT rise. "We hope the price freeze will give a bit more of a boost to our licensees," a spokeswoman said. It promised further news on support packages for pubs under the guidance of new operations director Craig Mayes.