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Trade calls for licensing stability

Back To Search 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.

Giving evidence to the House of Lord’s Licensing Act enquiry, BBFA CEO Bridget Simmons said that the trade "really needs a period of stability" following numerous revisions to the Licensing Act 2003.

WS Law reporting said Ms Simmonds took the opportunity to speak out against the late-night levy and promote the pub industry's efforts to tackle alcohol-related harm.


She said partnership schemes such as Pubwatch and Best Bar None have been particularly successful, as they promote a safe drinking environment in partnership with the police and local licensing authorities.

Ms Simmonds said the late-night levy is "a tax, not a partnership", and confirmed that the BBPA will oppose any changes that make it easier to impose this measure on a local authority.

The House of Lords committee also heard her views on issues such as inconsistencies in enforcement in different local authority areas.

Ms Simmonds stated that the BBPA wants to see a full review and consultation on Section 182 Guidance to achieve greater national consistency.

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