PGB audit crucial tool for identifying sector strengths

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The Pub Governing Body has published its second annual statement of compliance, highlighting continued engagement with the PGB by pub companies.

According to the report, there were 21 rent reviews referred to the Pubs Independent Rent Review Scheme (PIRRS) and 1 lease review, and 13 referrals to Pubs Independent Conciliation and Arbitration Service (PICA-Service).

The report also shows good levels of engagement with the Industry Framework Code of Practice with the majority of lease reviews resolved on time or within three months of the due date.

Sir Peter Luff MP, Chairman of the Pub Governing Body said: “The second annual Pub Governing Body audit highlights the important and ongoing role both it and its services have to play.

“Both PIRRS and PICA-service provide cost-effective and accessible options for swift dispute resolution and we are pleased to see that licensees continue to view the PGB as viable and helpful.

“We are encouraged to see that 90% of lease reviews are resolved on time or within three months of the due date, with the majority of rent reviews being settled within that three month window.

“Our first audit highlighted areas of concern around BDM training, increasing use of contracted out agreements and potentially inappropriate use of waivers from pre-entry requirements. The second report reveals the work the pub companies have done to address the latter but there is still more work to do in respect of both and especially BDMs.

“As a Governing Body we continue to challenge the sector to strive for ever higher standards of compliance. We are also pleased, then, to see good levels of engagement on the part of pub companies and their continued assistance with the audit.

The audit is a particularly useful tool as it enables us to identify areas for improvement as well as recognising the strengths of the sector.”



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