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Commission consult on new national strategy to reduce gambling harms 18th December 2018

The Gambling Commission has launched a consultation on a new national strategy to reduce gambling harms.

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IoL Licensing Clinic - PUB19 17th December 2018

The IoL will provide a licensing clinic at the dedicated pub show - PUB19 will take place at Olympia London on 5th and 6th February 2019

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Trafford Council suspended a bar’s licence 16th December 2018

Trafford Council suspended a bar’s licence after police discovered serious criminal activity on the premises.

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Taxi driver loses licence after abandoning passengers on busy road 12th December 2018

A taxi driver who left two passengers in ‘grave danger’ has lost his licence to operate in North West Leicestershire.

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Four more Private Hire drivers caught illegally ‘blagging’ in MK 11th December 2018

Four private hire drivers have been successfully prosecuted at MK Magistrates’ Court for illegally plying for hire (blagging).

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Uber wins back licence in Brighton 11th December 2018

Uber has won back its operating licence in Brighton after successfully overturning a decision earlier this year to refuse it an operating licence.

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High Court Quashes Wakefield Taxi Fees 11th December 2018

The High Court has handed down an important ruling relating to the extent to which licensing authorities can include the cost of enforcement activities.

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Two Private Hire drivers caught illegally ‘blagging’ in MK 10th December 2018

Two private hire drivers have been successfully prosecuted at MK Magistrates’ Court for illegally plying for hire (blagging).

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The Welsh Government consult on single taxi/PH licensing authority 10th December 2018

The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on a proposal to create a single licensing authority for taxis and private hire licensing in Wales.

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Two private hire drivers fined at court 10th December 2018

Two private hire drivers have appeared at court charged with driving offences in Cheltenham.

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Government issue updated animal licensing guidance 10th December 2018

DEFRA has issued updated guidance for local authority inspectors in England on licencing activities involving animals.

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Private hire driver guilty of breaching licensing laws 6th December 2018

A private hire driver has been prosecuted after twice breaching licensing laws earlier this year.

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Drinkaware to train Network Rail staff ahead of festive season 6th December 2018

Drinkaware is supporting Network Rail ahead of the festive season, by delivering training sessions to staff at some of the country’s busiest rail stations.

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Proposed changes to Entertainment Licensing Statistics 5th December 2018

The DCMS are consulting on proposals to discontinue the annual Entertainment Licensing Statistics release.

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Pub landlord challenges BID imposition of levy 3rd December 2018

In the first case of its kind, a pub landlord is legally challenging the imposition on him of a BID levy.

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MPs ramp up taxi reform pressure 3rd December 2018

The chair of the APPG on Taxis has written to the Transport Minister urging action on taxi licensing reform.

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Animal licensing consultation for Scotland - IoL response 30th November 2018

The Scottish Region of the Institute of Licensing has responded to a consultation by the Scottish Government seeking views on proposals to introduce new regulations for the licensing of dog, cat and rabbit breeding activities in Scotland.

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Gambling Commission takes widespread regulatory action against online casino operators and senior management 30th November 2018

Online casino companies and their senior management have faced widespread action from the gambling regulator, as part of an ongoing investigation into the way the industry combats problem gambling and money laundering.

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A quarter of UK pubs have closed since 2001 – ONS 29th November 2018

Statistics released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has shown that more than 25% of UK pubs have closed since 2008.

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Wyre driver loses licence over mass brawl 28th November 2018

A Wyre taxi driver has had his licence revoked over his involvement in a mass brawl in which someone died

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Scotland publish 2018 alcohol framework 25th November 2018

The Scottish Government has published its updated alcohol framework this week (20 Nov 2018).

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Torbay off licence lose appeal and ordered to pay costs 25th November 2018

The owner of an off licence in Torbay has been ordered to pay Torbay Council’s full costs following an appeal against the revocation of their Premises Licence.

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Government wins lottery betting case 22nd November 2018

The High Court has turned down an appeal to the Government’s decision to ban the right of operators to offer bets on the outcome of EuroMillions draws taking place in other jurisdictions.

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Young People and Gambling report published 21st November 2018

The 2018 Young People and Gambling report has been published showing that 1.7% of 11-16 year olds are classified as ‘problem’ gamblers, 2.2% as ‘at risk’.

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“Uber drivers 'not licensed' to operate in York” 21st November 2018

A leading licensing QC has written to York City Council advising them that, in his opinion, Uber is operating unlawfully in the city.

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Jeremy Allen Award 2018 Winner Announced 16th November 2018

The Institute of Licensing and Poppleston Allen Solicitors were delighted to present Stephen Baker with the Jeremy Allen Award 2018, at the National Training Conference Gala Dinner on Thursday 15th November 2018.

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Commission raises “serious” concerns by failures to stop children play on 18+ pub gaming machines 14th November 2018

The Commission has reported that tests purchases on a sample of pubs in England indicate that almost 90% failed to prevent children accessing 18+ gaming machines.

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Craven District Council wins taxi licensing court cases 11th November 2018

Craven District Council has successfully defended three appeals against decisions to suspend and revoke taxi drivers’ licences.

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Record number of taxis on the road DfT statistics reveal 7th November 2018

The Department for Transport has published its 2018 taxi & private hire statistics.

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Future development plans turned down over potential future noise complaints 6th November 2018

Plans to convert a building into six flats have been turned down after objectors raised concerns over future noise complaints by residents.

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Government launch airport licensing law call for action 2nd November 2018

The Government is seeking evidence on alcohol-related disruptive behaviour at our airports and the impact airside alcohol licensing could have on reducing this problem.

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Further FOBT delay announced 2nd November 2018

The Government has announced a further delay to the changes to Fixed Odd Betting Terminals.

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Government set to introduce tax registration checks for licensing 1st November 2018

The HMRC is set to announce plans to introduce mandatory tax registration checks for public sector licensing.

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Additional DEFRA dog boarding franchises guidance 29th October 2018

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has issued additional guidance on dog boarding franchises.

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Court confirms council decisions to revoke licences of two private hire drivers 29th October 2018

Two private hire drivers were not fit and proper persons to retain their licences, the courts have confirmed.

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BBC highlights continued taxi licensing “failures” 27th October 2018

The BBC’s Local Democracy Reporting Service has revealed that taxi licences are being issued behind closed doors to drivers convicted of offences including child sex crimes and reckless driving.

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Reading taxi driver accused of sexual assault loses appeal 27th October 2018

A reading taxi driver has lost his appeal against the revocation of his licence.

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Home Office launch alcohol statistics consultation 27th October 2018

The Home Office has launched a consultation the ‘Alcohol and late night refreshment licensing’ statistical releases.

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Alcohol and late-night refreshment licensing England and Wales statistics published 27th October 2018

The latest alcohol and late-night refreshment statistics for England & Wales have been published.

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Hackney Council’s SoP to be legally challenged 27th October 2018

Hackney Council’s licensing act statement of policy (SoP) is to be challenged in the High Court.

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Government seeks applications for hate crime projects funding 24th October 2018

The Government has launched a preventing hate crime fund for community projects.

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Legal Aid refusals for PSPO cases to be challenged 24th October 2018

A legal challenge will be brought challenging the Legal Aid Agency’s position not to grant legal aid for PSPO cases.

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Limited life licences: the verdict 23rd October 2018

Can it, or should it, grant a shorter licence than that applied for on a probationary basis? That was the question before District Judge Alison Rose in AEG Presents Limited v London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

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Paddy Power fined £2.2m over gambling check failings 17th October 2018

An online operator is to pay £2.2m for failing to protect customers and stop stolen money being gambled.

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Review the Animal Welfare Regulations petition launched 16th October 2018

A petition has been launched calling on the Government to urgently review the Regulations and guidance.

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Home Office seek licensing help to fight hate crime 16th October 2018

The Home Office has launched its action plan against hate crime.

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Ashby turning purple after retaining nightlife award 12th October 2018

Bars, restaurants and businesses in Ashby are joining forces to host a Purple Flag party after the town successfully received accreditation for its excellent and safe nightlife for a second year.

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Out of town cabbies caught illegally ‘blagging’ in Milton Keynes 11th October 2018

Two private hire drivers have been successfully prosecuted after being caught illegally picking up passengers - plying for hire (known as ‘blagging’) - in Milton Keynes.

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Council reviews shop’s alcohol licence following immigration offences 10th October 2018

Cheltenham Borough Council’s licensing sub-committee reviewed the alcohol licence of St James Store in St James Street, Cheltenham in hearing on Thursday 20 September.

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“Minimise alcohol harms over festive period” – Drinkaware 10th October 2018

As pubs and bars prepare for the festive season, alcohol education charity Drinkaware is urging operators to create an environment where customers can have a great time, while minimising the risk of alcohol related harms.

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'Local partnership working for a vibrant night time economy' – report 10th October 2018

LGiU and Portman Group have published their report local towns and cities’ approach to managing the evening and night time economy.

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DEFRA consult on taxi air quality register 10th October 2018

DEFRA has launched a consultation on the creation of a taxi and private hire register to help manage them entering or moving within a Clean Air Zone.

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Pub stripped of entertainment licence after loud gigs 4th October 2018

A pub has been stripped of its entertainment licence after neighbours complained about noise.

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DEFRA publish updated guidance 4th October 2018

DEFRA have published updated guidance on the now commenced Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) 2018.

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DEFRA animal licensing forms published 4th October 2018

Forms for the new animal licensing regulations have been published by DEFRA.

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Animal welfare boosted by new law coming into force 1st October 2018

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 come into force.

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The Welsh Government consults on the Minimum Unit Price draft regulations 30th September 2018

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething announces the preferred Minimum Unit Price for alcohol in Wales.

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New NPW Film - Conflict Management - National Pubwatch 30th September 2018

NPW is pleased to announce the release of its latest film on the subject of conflict management.

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Modern Slavery Appeal summarily dismissed for non-compliance with Court Directions 30th September 2018

In a rare procedural step, Hastings Magistrates’ Court has summarily dismissed an appeal against the revocation of a premises licence following the failure by the Appellant to comply with Court directions requiring him to serve his evidence on the Respondent, Rother District Council.

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Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing – Report published 24th September 2018

The DfT has today published the report of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing.

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London taxi drivers apply for Uber decision JR 20th September 2018

A group of London taxi drivers have lodged papers with the High Court seeking permission to judicially review the decision to grant Uber an operating licence.

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Council licensed taxi drivers to continue without criminal record checks due to ‘serious’ error 20th September 2018

It has been reported that York Council licensed drivers without doing proper criminal checks.

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Out of town cabbie caught illegally blagging and driving without a licence plate in Milton Keynes 20th September 2018

A private hire driver has been successfully prosecuted after being caught illegally picking up passengers - plying for hire (known as ‘blagging’) - and driving without his vehicle licence plate on display in Milton Keynes.

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MP calls for tougher rules on taxi licences 20th September 2018

Birmingham MP has called on the Government to give councils more powers to take action against unsafe taxi drivers.

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Out of town cabbie caught illegally ‘blagging’ in Milton Keynes 14th September 2018

A private hire driver has been successfully prosecuted after being caught illegally picking up passengers - plying for hire (known as ‘blagging’) - in Milton Keynes.

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ICO on CCTV in taxis 10th September 2018

The Information Commissioner’s office has recently published information on the lawfulness of CCTV in taxis.

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Consultation on Licensing of Dog, Cat and Rabbit Breeding Activities in Scotland 10th September 2018

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on proposals to introduce new regulations for the licensing of dog, cat and rabbit breeding activities in Scotland.

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Coventry launches 'Go Electric Taxi' scheme 6th September 2018

Coventry Council has partnered with LEVC to shift towards low emission taxi fleet.

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Gambling and Public Health 6th September 2018

New guidance has been published to assist public health teams engage in gambling policy reviews.

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“Breathalyse MPs and end alcohol subsidies in Parliament” – report recommendations 6th September 2018

A report recently published has recommended that MPs should be breathalysed before participating in Parliamentary business.

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“Two-thirds of alcohol sales are to heavy drinkers” - IAS 29th August 2018

Institute of Alcohol Studies report finds two-thirds of alcohol sales are to heavy drinkers.

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Government backs ban on third party sales of puppies and kittens 22nd August 2018

A ban on third party puppy and kitten sales in England will be introduced the Government has confirmed.

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London Mayor seeks powers to limit private hire licences 19th August 2018

The Mayor of London has sought new powers from the Government to limit the number of private hire licences in the capital.

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SIA conman targets London licensed shop keepers 19th August 2018

A conman pretending to hold a SIA licence has defrauded a number of south London shop keepers.

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Scottish Government issue advice to Personal Licence Holders 13th August 2018

The Scottish Government has issued guidance for Personal Licence Holders whose licences are due for renewal this year.

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Pubs still closing at “alarming” rate 12th August 2018

New figures have revealed that the number of pubs closing every week has remained at around 18 per week.

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Welsh MUP Bill receives Royal Assent 12th August 2018

The Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill has received Royal Assent.

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PHE statement of licensing policy guidance published 9th August 2018

Public Health England has published advice for public health teams when reviewing their local statement of licensing policy for alcohol.

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Government to increase animal cruelty maximum sentences 9th August 2018

The Government has confirmed it will increase the maximum sentences for animal cruelty cases.

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Out of town cabbie caught illegally ‘blagging’ twice in one night in Milton Keynes 9th August 2018

A previously convicted private hire driver has been successfully prosecuted after being caught twice in the one night illegally picking up passengers plying for hire in Milton Keynes.

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Government write to local authorities on Inclusive Transport Strategy 6th August 2018

The Government has written to local authorities on their Inclusive Transport Strategy including their plans for improved accessibility in taxis and private hire vehicles.

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DEFRA guidance published 6th August 2018

DEFRA have published its guidance on the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.

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Licensing appeal fees reduced 2nd August 2018

The fee payable on lodging an appeal under the Licensing Act 2003 has been reduced.

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Licensed driver convicted for failing to take an Assistance Dog in Milton Keynes 1st August 2018

A cab driver has paid the price for driving off rather than pick up his pre-booked fare - a deaf person and her guide dog.

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Licensed driver convicted for failing to take an Assistance Dog 1st August 2018

A cab driver has paid the price for driving off rather than pick up his pre-booked fare - a deaf person and her guide dog.

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Taxi driver caught driving suspended vehicle in Milton Keynes 1st August 2018

A private hire driver has been prosecuted after being caught using his suspended private hire vehicle in Milton Keynes.

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Private hire: scope of fit and proper test 1st August 2018

Hull Crown Court has upheld decisions of East Riding Yorkshire Council to revoke a private hire operator’s and driver’s licence.

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Taxi driver caught illegally plying for hire 30th July 2018

A private hire driver has been prosecuted after being caught picking up a passenger illegally - plying for hire - known as ‘blagging’ - in Milton Keynes.

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Scottish licensing bodies move to ‘crisis planning’ as liquor permit deadline looms 27th July 2018

Reports are that licensing bodies have moved to “crisis planning” over a looming deadline to renew liquor permits in Scotland.

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Planning guidance – Now Includes ‘Agent of Change’ 26th July 2018

The National Planning Policy Framework, issued in July 2018, includes provisions relating to the “Agent of Change” principle.

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Government publish Inclusive Transport Strategy 26th July 2018

The Government have published its Inclusive Transport Strategy including provisions relating to taxi and private hire licensing.

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Peer calls for gambling law reform 25th July 2018

Lord Chadlington said it’s time to act decisively to end children’s exposure to gambling advertising or we risk a future gambling epidemic.

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Report on impact of gambling-related harms published 18th July 2018

An approach to understanding the full range of harms gambling can have on society has been published today.

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Taxi driver caught by Council and Police for illegally plying for hire in MK 18th July 2018

A private hire driver has been prosecuted after being caught picking up a passenger illegally - plying for hire - known as ‘blagging’ - in Milton Keynes.

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Scottish Government consults on personal licence renewal fees 18th July 2018

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on whether to introduce a fee for applying to renew a Personal Licence under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.

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Sunderland bar get 5am alcohol licence 29th June 2018

A new Sunderland City centre bar/club has been successful in its application for a 5 am late alcohol licence.

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DDCMS launch consultation on society lotteries reform 29th June 2018

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DDCMS) have today launched a consultation on changes to the amount of money society lotteries can raise for good causes

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Appeal Court upholds revocation of Premises Licence following “modern slavery” review 29th June 2018

Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court, has upheld the decision to revoke a premises licence following allegations of illegal workers.

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Court overturns Uber London ban 27th June 2018

A court has upheld Uber’s appeal against Transport for London’s decision to not renew its operating licence.

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National Licensing Week 2018 25th June 2018

NLW Week returns for the 3rd year running in June 2018 and is the only initiative aimed at raising awareness about the role of licensing across the UK.

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Illegal ice-cream van trader given maximum fine 24th June 2018

Illegal ice-cream van trader given maximum fine & forfeits van.

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Ealing’S LA Confidential Loses its SEV Licence 24th June 2018

A sub-committee on has refused to renew the SEV Licence of LA Confidential, the London Borough’s only remaining lap-dancing club.

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Welsh MUP Bill passed by Welsh Government 22nd June 2018

The Welsh Assembly have passed the Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill.

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Government delay FOTB cut for two years 22nd June 2018

The Government will not implement the cut to FOBT stakes until 2020.

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Jeremy Allen Award winner 2017 announced 21st November 2017

We are delighted to announce Claire Perry is the winner of the 2017 Jeremy Allen Award.

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