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Scottish licensing law changes coming into force in May 25th April 2017

Sections of the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 is due to commence on 15 May 2017.

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Drinkaware launch Drinkaware Crew in London Borough 25th April 2017

Drinkaware Crew initiative to launch in Shoreditch.

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Council’s proposed beer garden smoking ban rejected by Government 25th April 2017

A council’s plan to ban smoking in beer gardens has been rejected by the Government.

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Croydon win Club 791 nightclub appeal 18th April 2017

Croydon Council have won a heavily contested appeal against significant cut-backs to the operating hours of a South London nightclub.

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Institute of Licensing responds to Select Committee recommendations on licensing and planning 10th April 2017

The IoL has issued a reponse to the House of Lords Select Committee report

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Revised guidance issued 7th April 2017

The Home Office has issued the latest version of its statutory guidance to licensing authorities.

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Immigration Act guidance issued 5th April 2017

The Home Office has issued its guidance to licensing authorities on the changes brought about by the Immigration Act.

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Altitude revocation appeal successful 5th April 2017

A revocation decision by Westminster City Council has been overturned on appeal.

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House of Lords Select Committee - Report of the review of the Licensing Act 4th April 2017

The report from the House of Lords Select Committee on its review of the Licensing Act 2003 makes a number of far reaching recommendations.

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IoL workshops to discuss review of Licensing Act 2003 29th March 2017

The IoL is providing a series of FREE workshops looking at the findings and recommendations of the House of Lords Select Committe re the Licensing Act 2003 review.

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Concern over 'racist' police licensing form to be raised 29th March 2017

A form used by the police to risk assesses music events is to be reviewed following accusations that is targets grime artists.

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New Licensing Act forms published 29th March 2017

The Government has published revised Licensing Act forms in preparation of the changes commencing on 6 April.

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Uber driver fined for illegal plying for hire 21st March 2017

An Uber driver has been found guilty of illegally plying for hire in Guildford.

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The Licensing Act 2003 (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2017 – in force 6 April 2017 21st March 2017

The Licensing Act 2003 (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2017 will come into force on 6th April 2017 and includes amendments to prescribed application forms.

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Appeal against restrictions on caravan site licence dismissed. 20th March 2017

Rother District Council has successfully defended an appeal against site use restrictions for a touring caravan site licence.

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APCC Chair calls for national taxi driver database to safeguarding people 20th March 2017

The chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners has called on the Government to at introduce a national database of taxi drivers.

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Licensing Officer receives Police Chief Officer Commendation 20th March 2017

Calderdale Council’s Licensing Manager has received a commendation from the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police.

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Lager to display unit guidelines in industry first 20th March 2017

Cans of Tennent's lager are to carry updated weekly alcohol consumption guidelines in an industry first.

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New licensing Commencement Orders made 20th March 2017

The required Commencement Orders for the Policing & Crime Act & Immigration Act have been laid to enable the provisions to come into force in April 2017.

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A guide for public health teams issued on alcohol licensing engagement 16th March 2017

A guidance document has been published for public health teams on their involvement in alcohol licensing.

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London council to consult on levy 16th March 2017

A London council is the latest council to start a consultation on adopting the late night levy.

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Jermyn Street SEV licence application refused 7th March 2017

Westminster City Council have refused an application for a sexual entertainment venue licence in London's historic Jermyn Street.

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South Lakes Safari Zoo - licence refused 6th March 2017

Licence refused for South Lakes Zoo following harrowing reports of animal deaths, bad conditions and appalling mismanagement.

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Accredited qualification providers for personal licence holders updated 5th March 2017

The list of approved training providers for the personal licence qualification has been updated.

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Uber lose challenge over TfL English proficiency requirement 5th March 2017

Uber has lost in its attempt to overturn a Transport for London decision to implement an English test for London licensed drivers.

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Community asset pub wins national award 5th March 2017

A pub saved from closure after villagers stepped in to buy it has been named national pub of the year.

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Council becomes first in the country to get rid of late night levy 2nd March 2017

Cheltenham Borough Council has become the first council to vote in favour of dropping the late night levy.

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Call for Scottish Government to curb alcohol advertising to protect children 2nd March 2017

A report has concluded that removing alcohol adverts from streets and public transport and phasing out alcohol sponsorship in sport is necessary to protect children.

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Report finds the case for lower alcohol taxes 'overstated' 22nd February 2017

A report by the Institute of Alcohol Studies has found that industry claims of alcohol’s economic benefits to the UK have been overstated.

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Government issue taxi Equality Act Guidance 22nd February 2017

The DfT has issued guidance to local authorities following its decision to implement outstanding sections of the Equalities Act.

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Pembrokeshire gears up for Wales’ first ever Alcohol-Free Beer Festival 15th February 2017

On Wednesday 1 March, Fishguard and Goodwick Rugby Club will host the first ever Welsh Alcohol-Free Beer Festival.

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Daniel Davies’ term as chairman of the IoL extended 15th February 2017

The Institute of Licensing (IoL), the membership and training organisation for licensing professionals, has extended Daniel Davies’ term as chairman.

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“Massive rise in business rates” will be significant blow to pub industry 14th February 2017

Pubs are in danger of being 'paralysed' by new business rates, the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has warned.

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Exploring the Impact of alcohol Licensing in England and Scotland - Call for expressions of interest 14th February 2017

The National Institute for Health Research has made a call for areas in England and Scotland to take part in a funded study.

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DfT update on Equality Act implementation 14th February 2017

The Department for Transport has issued a statement concerning the implementation of the taxi Equality Act provisions.

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City council face JR over levy decision 14th February 2017

Liverpool City Council is facing a judicial review challenge of its decision to adopt the late-night levy in the city.

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Hive Lotto, the community lottery where councils are stronger together 12th February 2017

Capen and Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council (TMBC) are proud to announce that Hive Lotto is now available to all local authorities across the country.

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Southampton casino challenge: High Court says no dice 9th February 2017

Justice Jeremy Baker has handed down his judgment in the case of The Queen on the application of Global Gaming Ventures versus Southampton City Council.

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Government to enact Equalities Act taxi provisions 8th February 2017

The DfT has said it will enact new sections of the Equalities Act by April 2017

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First social gaming prosecution successful 7th February 2017

In the first prosecution of its kind, convictions have been secured against two prominent social gaming operators.

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“There is a ’prima facie’ case for significant stake reduction on FOBTs” – MPs 7th February 2017

A report by MPs has concluded that there is a case for significant stake reduction on fixed odd betting terminals.

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ABB lodge complaint with Parliamentary Watchdog over “wilfully misleading” MPs’ FOBT report 7th February 2017

The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has lodged a formal complaint with the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards over a “wilfully misleading” MPs’ FOBT report.

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Government confirm dates for Policing & Crime Act implementation 6th February 2017

The Home Office has confirmed to the Institute the dates of when the new provisions of the Policing & Crime Act will come into force.

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DEFRA sets out plans to crack down on backstreet puppy breeders 6th February 2017

DEFRA has set out proposals to reduce the number of litters a breeder can produce without a licence to improve pet welfare standards.

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Taxi enforcement action in Milton Keynes 6th February 2017

Licensing officers from Milton Keynes recently joined forces with Thames Valley Police Officers to carry out checks on taxi drivers.

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Institute of Licensing prompts law change to protect the public 6th February 2017

The Institute is pleased to announce that it has been successful in lobbying for an amendment to the law with regards to personal licence holders with relevant offences.

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Policing and Crime Bill receives Royal Assent 1st February 2017

The Policing and Crime Bill received Royal Assent on Monday 31 January 2017.

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Cab driver fined for illegally plying for hire 1st February 2017

A private hire driver was convicted at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court of picking up passengers illegally (blagging).

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Lambeth licence new LGBTQ nightclub in the Vauxhall Triangle 1st February 2017

Lambeth Council have granted a rare new nightclub licence permitting “Bloc South” to open in London’s famed Vauxhall Triangle.

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Call for update to Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy 31st January 2017

A call on the Government to consider an update on its 2012 Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy will be debated this week.

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Call to scrap gaming machine fees 30th January 2017

Two industry groups have called on the government to scrap gaming machine notification fees for pubs.

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Gambling Commission consult on enforcement strategy 30th January 2017

The Gambling Commission has launched consultation on its revised enforcement strategy.

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Charitable collections functions transferred from Cabinet Office 30th January 2017

Certain statutory functions relating to charitable collections that is subject to licensing requirements has been transferred away from Cabinet Office.

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Government announce locations for latest round of LAAAs 30th January 2017

The Home Office has announced the list of towns and cities that will form part of the next round of Local Alcohol Action Areas.

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Welsh Government fails in attempt to gain more gambling powers 30th January 2017

The Welsh Government has failed in its attempt to have more powers over gambling control devolved.

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Study finds that consumers pay minimal attention to alcohol warning labels 30th January 2017

A recent study published found that paid consumers paid minimal attention to warning labels on alcoholic products.

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Parliament backs motion to replace PCA 30th January 2017

A Parliamentary vote has backed a motion calling on the Government to "reopen the appointment process for the Pubs Code Adjudicator (PCA)”.

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“Buy alcohol from accredited wholesalers” – HMRC 24th January 2017

The HMRC has warned licensed venues to make sure they buy their alcohol from AWRS accredited wholesales or face a hefty fine.

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London Borough latest to adopt levy 24th January 2017

Tower Hamlets in London has become the latest council to adopt a late night levy.

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Scottish pubs facing burdensome legislative challenges 24th January 2017

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Driver caught picking up illegal fare 19th January 2017

A private hire cab driver was convicted at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court last Friday (13 January 2017) of picking up passengers illegally.

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Gambling operators to face heftier fines and sanctions 19th January 2017

Gambling operators that fail to tackle problem gambling and money laundering face heftier fines and a higher risk of losing their operating licence under new proposals.

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Former Culture Secretary calls for review of High Street bookies 17th January 2017

The former Culture Secretary who oversaw the implementation of the Gambling Act has now called for a review of it to curb the spread of High Street bookies.

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London Mayor launches taxi and private hire action plan 17th January 2017

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has launched a taxi and private hire action plan to for the city of London.

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Petition for Hartlepool EMRO 17th January 2017

A petition has been started calling for Hartlepool council to introduce an EMRO.

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Pubs in decline according to town centre data 17th January 2017

According to recent data, town centre pubs continue to decline in numbers but it remains the most popular leisure venue in the UK.

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London council to challenge neighbouring authority over licensed music festival 17th January 2017

A London authority will be challenging the terms of a licence issued in respect of a music festival in a neighbouring authorities’ area.

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London Uber driver prosecuted for illegally plying for hire in Cheltenham 12th January 2017

A London Uber driver has been prosecuted by the council for unlawfully plying for hire in Cheltenham on Tuesday 9 January 2017.

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Save the Pub Group chair replaced 12th January 2017

The chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group has been replaced.

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Northern pub company goes into administration 12th January 2017

A pub company with pubs in in Leeds, Bradford and Keighley have gone into administration.

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Call for review of licensing laws in Scotland 9th January 2017

A root and branch review of licensing legislation should be conducted ahead of the tenth anniversary of the Licensing (Scotland) Act according to Scottish lawyer.

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Fabric nightclub reopens 9th January 2017

The famous London nightclub that was closed down when they lost their licence has reopened.

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Taxi driver fined for using unlicensed vehicle 5th January 2017

A taxi driver who used an unlicensed vehicle has been found guilty by Chesterfield Magistrates Court, fined £540 and received 8 points on his licence.

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Home Office calls for Scrap Metal Dealers Act evidence 3rd January 2017

The Home Office have called for evidence to inform the review of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.

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Air weapons licensing comes into force in Scotland 2nd January 2017

From 1 January 2017, owners of air weapons are required to have a licence following a tightening of legislation.

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Certificate of Commendation for Una Faithfull 29th December 2016

Long time IoL member, Una Faithfull, has been presented with the award by the Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police.

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Gambling operator licence fee to change in 2017 28th December 2016

Following a consultation earlier this year, the Gambling Commission and Department for Culture, Media and Sport have now published their response.

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Out of town cab driver fined for blagging in Milton Keynes 21st December 2016

A Daventry Hackney Carriage driver was convicted at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court Friday (16 December 2016) of picking up passengers illegally (blagging) on 8 May 2016.

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IoL Patron Philip Kolvin QC appointed Chair of the Night Time Commission 16th December 2016

Philip Kolvin QC will work alongside Amy Lame, Night Czar for London to sustain and safeguard London's night time economy.

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NHS adult alcohol consumption report published 14th December 2016

The NHS’ adult alcohol consumption health survey for England 2015 has been published.

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Pub wins legal battle over noise complaints 14th December 2016

A pub has won a three-year legal battle to be able to continue hosting live bands and musical entertainment.

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Ministers give evidence to House of Lords Licensing Act committee 14th December 2016

The House of Lord’s Licensing Act Select Committee has heard from Government Ministers.

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Trade gives evidence to House of Lords licensing review 8th December 2016

It is the turn of the licensed trade to give evidence to the House of Lord’s Licensing Act review.

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Trio caught picking up illegal fares 7th December 2016

Three private hire cab drivers were convicted at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court last Friday (25 November 2016) of picking up passengers illegally (blagging).

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Gambling Commission publish club gaming special bulletin in wake of 2017 renewals 7th December 2016

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Minibus taxi safeguarding loophole must be fixed – LGA 7th December 2016

The Local Government Association has urged the Government to close a legal loophole putting public safety at risk.

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Tourism Action Plan - IoL concerns over private hire proposals 2nd December 2016

The IoL has written to the Home Secretary outlining concerns at proposals to 'deregulate an element of private hire licensing'.

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DVSA raise concerns over display of taxi and PH licence plates 30th November 2016

The DVSA has raised concerns about the way taxi and private hire licence plates are displayed.

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Taxi & private hire immigration checks provision come into force 30th November 2016

Mandatory immigration and right to work checks come into force from today.

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No evidence of weekend pre-loading - Supermarkets 30th November 2016

Big supermarkets have said they see no evidence of weekend pre-loading.

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McDonald’s Granted 24-hour Licence in Newham’s Cumulative Impact Area 24th November 2016

McDonald’s in Forest Gate London has been granted a 24-hour licence to provide late night refreshment.

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Council Secures Prosecution of Two Uninsured Out of Town Taxi Drivers 21st November 2016

A taxi driver has been fined £1,350 and ordered to pay £1,224 costs after being convicted of illegally plying for hire.

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Stricter taxi rules in Rosendale amidst taxi protests 21st November 2016

Rossendale council has adopted significant changes to its licensing policy to ensure a good service and improve safety.

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Scottish MUP going to UK Supreme Court 21st November 2016

An appeal of the Scottish Government’s decision to introduce a minimum alcohol unit price is going to the Supreme Court.

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Fabric nightclub to keep licence after agreeing conditions and settling appeal 21st November 2016

Fabric nightclub will be able to stay open after settling its appeal against Islington Council’s revocation of its premises licence.

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Bob Bennett wins the Jeremy Allen Award 2016 18th November 2016

Bob Bennett is the winner of the Jeremy Allen Award 2016 which was announced at the 20th annual Gala Dinner.

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EUCJ deliver judgement in Hemmings case 17th November 2016

The European Court of Justice has today handed down its judgement in the case of Hemmings v Westminster City Council.

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Bexley joins the Licensing Partnership 14th November 2016

A London council is joining a previously Kent-based local authority licensing partnership to help to save local tax payer’s money.

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How We Drink in the UK – Portman Group launches new video on drinking patterns in the UK 11th November 2016

The Portman Group has launched a new infographic video on drinking trends in the UK.

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Gambling Commission challenges operators to quicken pace of consumer focus 11th November 2016

The Gambling Commission is today calling for operators to accelerate the pace at which they are putting consumers at the heart of business decisions.

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New licensing clauses proposed in Policing & Crime Bill 11th November 2016

A number of new licensing proposals have been proposed as part of the Policing & Crime Bill.

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“Provide warnings on the health dangers of alcohol or be refused a licence” - PCC 11th November 2016

A group of MPs have heard that pubs and bars should provide warnings on the health dangers of alcohol or be refused a licence.

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London’s first ‘Night Czar’ appointed 9th November 2016

London’s Mayor has appointed the city’s first ‘Night Czar’.

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No new alcohol stop-and-search powers for Scotland 9th November 2016

The Scottish government has decided not to create a new power for police to search young people for alcohol.

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Nottinghamshire authorities lead the way on safer licensing practices 9th November 2016

The Nottinghamshire Authorities Licensing Group has worked collaboratively to improve safety for passengers, road users and professional drivers across the county.

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Local Alcohol Partnerships schemes featured in Royal Society of Public Health’s and ITN Productions 8th November 2016

A new Royal Society of Public Health programme, produced by ITN Productions, highlights the dedicated people and organisations working with Local Alcohol Partnerships.

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Trade calls for licensing stability 2nd November 2016

Policymakers have been urged to refrain from making sweeping changes to licensing law in the near future.

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Government’s reluctance to tackle taxi loophole ‘deeply concerning’ – MPs 2nd November 2016

The Government’s response to the DCLG Rotherham report and recommendations are “deeply concerning” according to committee chair.

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Judge orders disclosure of undercover police identities in Fabric case 1st November 2016

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Licensing regulation is overly burdensome - Business Perception Survey 31st October 2016

The 2016 Business Perception Survey has identified licensing as one of the most burdensome regulatory activities for businesses.

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“Does the Licensing Act 2003 work in practice?” – House of Lords Committee 31st October 2016

The House of Lord’s Licensing Act 2003 enquiry continues taking evidence from legal experts.

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Mandatory counterterrorism training for licensed premises 31st October 2016

All licensed entertainment venues should undergo mandatory counterterrorism training according to House of Lord’s Baroness Ruth Henig.

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Taxi enforcement action in Milton Keynes 31st October 2016

Licensing officers from Milton Keynes & South Northants Councils recently joined forces the Police Officers to carry out checks on taxi.

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