The UK pub sector could be hit by a “bloodbath” if they are not given breaks in rent payments, an industry expert has claimed.

Chief executive of UKHospitality, Kate Nicholls, called for government intervention “as a matter of urgency”.

She told the Treasury Select Committee some landlords were facing legal action over not being able to pay their rent.

She also said a third of the sector would be “put at risk” if lockdown measures lasted until Christmas.

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove confirmed at the weekend that pubs would be among the last businesses to re-open when measures are reduced.

The government introduced a lease forfeiture moratorium for three months as part of its response to the coronavirus to stop people being kicked out of

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