Besides this, behind the scenes it's widely known that the 'fair' rent review systems are swamped with complaints and there are many outstanding cases waiting to be heard in the blocked up pipeline. Each case represents a tenant under stress, distracted from their work, fearful of the expected outcome going against them and a future of effective bonded slavery relief to be found only through dreadful long attrition, eventual business failure, eviction and destitution.
That last bit sounds like melodrama but at bottom it's what all those shut and boarded up pubs all over the UK are emblematic of. And today, as CGS announces the national pub closure rate increasing from 12 to 18 a week, a figure which barely reflects the reality of the cascade of 'new to market' pubs dropping into inboxes every day up and down the country along with the hundreds of pubs whose asking price is in free-fall with are no takers let alone the thousands more just desperately trading on their last wits and dregs, waiting for the inevitable bailiffs'knock at the door - those thousands still to come into the market as 'suitable for possible alternative use' as Tesco Locals, betting shops, mini evangelical churches, fast food takeaways, private housing developments or boarded up eyesores damaging communities all over the UK.
Welcome the future peeps, Hilaire Belloc's maudlin: ‘When you have lost your inns drown your empty selves, for you will have lost the last of England’ is ACTUALLY coming to pass before our eyes while the leaders of our utterly inept tied pub industry still fiddle around trying find new ways to squeeze eggs out of throttled geese.