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Southway Chicken House fined for breaching licensing rules 17th April 2019

A local chicken shop owner has been fined and ordered to pay costs to Guildford Borough Council, after pleading guilty to trading outside his licensed hours.

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Court dismisses Bermondsey Beer Mile Appeal 15th April 2019

In dismissing the operators’ appeal on 12 April 2019, District Judge Susan Holdham, sitting at Camberwell Magistrates Court, agreed with the Council’s argument that it was perfectly proper to take into account evidence of cumulative impact as well as the Southwark’s Framework Hours policy.

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Wakefield taxi fees case published 12th April 2019

The transcript of the case of Rehman v Wakefield Council is now available.

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DEFRA issue animal licensing advice note 11th April 2019

DEFRA has issued the an advice note to clarify some issues that the team has been receiving feedback on, both from local authorities and other stakeholders.

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IoL President comment on taxi sexual attacks news 11th April 2019

IoL President, James Button, has commented on a recent national press article suggesting an increase in the number of sexual attacks by taxi drivers.

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Reading premises licence revocation decision upheld 8th April 2019

Reading Borough Council's Licence revocation decision upheld by District Judge District Judge Toms, sitting at Reading Magistrates Court, has upheld the decision taken by Reading Borough Council’s Licensing Sub Committee to revoke the premises licence for Todays Local, 441 Basingstoke Road, Reading.

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17 – 21 June 2019 - National Licensing Week 2019 5th April 2019

Use National Licensing Week to raise awareness of licensing and to showcase your organisation's role

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Fake taxi driver prosecuted 4th April 2019

The driver has been prosecuted for using stickers to trick potential customers into thinking he was a licensed taxi.

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FOBT stake cut comes into force but bookmakers are accused of bypassing rules 2nd April 2019

On Monday (01/04/19), the reduction of the maximum stakes on fixed odd betting terminals (FOBT) came into effect.

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House of Lords Select Committee report published – Regeneration of Seaside Towns and Communities 2nd April 2019

House of Lords Select Committee report has been published following the review of the regeneration of seaside towns and communities

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MPs debate gambling-related harm 1st April 2019

Ronnie Cowan MP lead a debate in the Westminster Hall on gambling-related harm.

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Transport Committee takes evidence on taxi law reform 1st April 2019

The House of Common’s Transport Select Committee has held a one-off evidence session with the Chair of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing (TFG).

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Home Office confirm no 2019 statistical return 1st April 2019

The Home Office has confirmed there will be no requirement on licensing authorities to complete the annual alcohol licensing statistical return.

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Crown Court confirms council decision to revoke private hire driver's licence 29th March 2019

A private hire driver has lost their appeal against Guildford Borough Council’s decision to revoke their private hire driver’s licence.

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Permission for the Judicial Review of Hackney council’s licensing policy granted 27th March 2019

“We Love Hackney”, a non – profit organisation, has been granted permission by the High Court to pursue a Judicial Review of Hackney council’s licensing policy.

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London Assembly call for higher licensing standards in London 27th March 2019

The London Assembly has concluded that TfL needs to bring in higher standards in the capital’s taxi and private hire industry.

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Taxi driver prosecuted for refusing to take a passenger’s guide dog 22nd March 2019

A taxi driver who refused to take a passenger with a guide dog in Abingdon has been ordered to pay nearly £600 after he was successfully prosecuted by Vale of White Horse District Council.

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Charity set up by industry entrepreneur launches “Pinkspiration” initiative 20th March 2019

The Team Margot Foundation, set up by industry entrepreneur Yaser Martini, is launching "Pinkspiration", an initiative to get hospitality operators to drive blood stem cell donor registrations.

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Group of MPs urge urgent action on taxi and private hire licensing 20th March 2019

MPs have written to the Leader of the House of Commons asking for “urgent action on taxi and private hire legislation.”

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New gambling ID and age verification rules 20th March 2019

ID and age verification rules for all UK online gambling operators is set to change from May 2019 to ensure gambling is ‘fairer and safer’ for UK consumers.

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Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee live music report 20th March 2019

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has published its 9th report of session 2017–19 focussing on live music in the UK.

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IoL requests views on DfT draft Statutory Guidance for Licensing Authorities - Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing: Protecting Users 20th March 2019

Survey responses will be used to inform the IoL response to the DfT

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Scottish Personal Licence Renewals – trade urged to act now 10th March 2019

The Institute of Licensing urges Personal Licence holders in Scotland to act now to renew their licences ahead of the May deadline.

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Lewisham Council to adopt “gold standard” pub protections 8th March 2019

Lewisham councillors are considering adopting a “golden standard” of pub protection policy which could be the strongest in the UK.

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“Cultural change” to blame for blamed for pub closures 6th March 2019

Netflix, dating apps and insolvencies blamed for 19% drop in 24-hour licensed venues according to a report by the Morning Advertiser.

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Bexhill Restaurateur loses Judicial Review 6th March 2019

Bexhill Restaurateur loses Judicial Review after summary dismissal of licensing appeal for non-compliance with court directions

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Vehicle Compliance Test Exercise in Southampton 1st March 2019

On Tuesday 26 February officers from Southampton City Council Licensing Department joined forces with Hampshire Constabulary to carry out a joint operation in the city.

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London Uber operating licence appeal fails 27th February 2019

An appeal by London Black cabbies to overturn Uber’s operating licence in London has failed.

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High Court clarify “additional charge” definition 26th February 2019

The High Court has clarified when an “additional charge” becomes relevant in the context of the Equality Act.

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No legal duty to consult and costs capping order set aside 24th February 2019

The words 'no legal duty to consult' should please public bodies who are frequently challenged for allegedly failing to consult. Yet this case shows that there is normally no legal duty to consult when a public policy is being changed.

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“Gambling apps more dangerous than FOBTs” study finds 24th February 2019

A study has found that smartphone gambling apps are more dangerous than fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) for people with addiction problems.

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Calls for a national database of taxi drivers in Wales 24th February 2019

Councillors in Bridgend have supported proposals for a national database of taxi drivers and private hire operators in Wales.

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Welsh Government joint transport authority criticised 24th February 2019

The Welsh Government’s plans to setup a joint transport authority for taxi and private hire licensing has been criticised by Monmouthshire Council.

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Update on Welsh minimum unit price for alcohol 19th February 2019

The Welsh Government is pressing ahead with plans to introduce a 50p minimum unit price for alcohol in Wales following a public consultation, Health Minister Vaughan Gething announced.

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Taxi driver caught on helmet camera and stripped of licence 19th February 2019

A driver that turned a corner on the wrong side of the road, hit a cyclist and drove away without stopping has lost his licence to drive a taxi in North West Leicestershire.

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Institute’s taxi safeguarding practice recognised in DfT report 14th February 2019

The recent Government task and finish group report and consultation on proposed statutory guidance has recognised the Institute’s contribution.

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Former taxi driver fined for failing to disclose information 14th February 2019

A former Ashford taxi driver pleaded guilty at Folkestone Magistrates Court on 11 February 2019 to four offences of knowingly or recklessly making a false statement or omitting material in an application to Ashford Borough Council’s Licensing Team.

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Government publish taxi database response 13th February 2019

DEFRA has published its response on proposals to introduce a national licensed vehicle database.

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DfT publish task group report and statutory guidance consultation 12th February 2019

The DfT has published its response to the taxi task and finish group report and launched a consultation on draft statutory guidance.

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Taxi driver who refused wheelchair user has licence revoked 12th February 2019

A taxi driver who refused to take a wheelchair user has had his licence to work in the St Albans District revoked.

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Public Interest Immunity in a Licensing Case 10th February 2019

In what is thought to be the first case of its kind, a court has allowed Public Interest Immunity to apply in a licensing case.

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Uber app is not plying for hire 7th February 2019

The High Court has today held that use of the Uber app does not amount to plying for hire.

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Nottingham licence issued in stress area 4th February 2019

A late-night premises licence has been granted inside Nottingham’s stress area.

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Fears DBS Supreme Court ruling may compromise safety 1st February 2019

Fears have been raised that this week’s ruling in the Supreme Court will put public safety at risk.

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London Night Time Commission Report 31st January 2019

The report paints a detailed portrait of London, bringing together our own research with the views of Londoners, the input of Commissioners and the knowledge of expert witnesses.

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Drinkaware campaign targets Dry January consumers 30th January 2019

Alcohol education charity Drinkaware is encouraging consumers to cut down on their drinking by taking more drink free days throughout the year, not just in January.

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Restaurateur lose taxi and premises licence “in a rare case” 30th January 2019

Bexhill restaurateur accused of “inappropriate and troubling” behaviour towards 15-year old girl loses taxi licence appeals following revocation of premises licence.

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Private hire driver found guilty of fraud 28th January 2019

A private hire driver has been given a 12-month community order for failing to disclose his licence history.

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New Licensing Act forms published 27th January 2019

New Licensing Act forms have been published in gov.uk.

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76% of people are now drinking at, or below, low risk levels – Portman Group 23rd January 2019

Research published by the Portman Group show that a large majority of people either don’t drink alcohol, or drink within the current low risk drinking guidelines.

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Sex for Rent: CPS Guidance indicates prosecutions are possible following Cornerstone advice 23rd January 2019

In September 2018 a team from Cornerstone Barristers provided legal advice to Peter Kyle MP concerning the phenomenon of sex for rent.

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Stricter alcohol licensing laws for airports will jeopardise travel retail 23rd January 2019

Leading business law firm claims the regulation of alcohol sales will be detrimental to travel retail investment.

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DEFRA issue zoo inspection guidance 22nd January 2019

DEFRA has issued guidance which outlines the way in which zoo inspection reports should be completed.

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Bristol SEV licence renewed despite objections 20th January 2019

A gentleman’s club in Bristol has had its sexual entertainment licence renewed despite objections on equality grounds.

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Driver found guilty for plying for hire in Reading 18th January 2019

A licensed private hire driver for South Oxfordshire was found guilty at Reading Magistrates’ Court of illegally plying for hire in Reading and giving false information to deceive a council officer.

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Age restrictions imposed on pub after disturbances 18th January 2019

Trafford Council has imposed strict age restrictions on a pub after a number of large-scale disturbances outside the premises.

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Two private hire drivers caught illegally ‘blagging’ in MK 18th January 2019

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

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Dacorum Council prosecutes unlicensed operator and driver 15th January 2019

Dacorum Borough Council’s Licensing Team cracked down on unlicensed taxi drivers resulting in two convictions at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on 7 November 2018 and 9 January 2019.

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“The Irish nightclub is dying” – Irish Times 14th January 2019

A report in the Irish Times has found that leisure sector in Ireland is changing and nightclubs are bearing the brunt.

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“Rethink over 3am pub licenses” – Club owners tell Aberdeen Council 14th January 2019

Club owners have called on Aberdeen Council to rethink its decision to let pubs to stay open until 3am.

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Minicab drivers protest London’s congestion charge 14th January 2019

Hundreds of minicab drivers in London has protested against TfL’s proposal to remove the congestion charge for private hire vehicles.

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Flaws in gambling online self-exclusion scheme 13th January 2019

A BBC investigation has found a flaw in an online self-exclusion scheme that allows problem gamblers who self-excluded to gamble.

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LGA guidance on mandatory CCTV in taxis 11th January 2019

The LGA has developed this guidance to bring together some of the questions that authorities may want to consider if they are thinking about introducing a mandatory CCTV policy for licenced vehicles.

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Mandatory taxi reporting regulations made 9th January 2019

DEFRA has laid regulations that will place a duty on licensing authorities to provide certain information on licensed taxis and private hire vehicles.

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Risk of “lifts” highlighted 3rd January 2019

The Times as recently reported on the growing industry of “doing lifts” and the dangers associated with this.

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Proposed Late Night Levy for takeaways 3rd January 2019

It has been reported that the Government will launch a consultation on the ability of councils to introduce levies for late night refreshment venues.

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FOBT stake cut regulations published 24th December 2018

The Government has published the required legislation that will cut the maximum FOBT stake from £100 to £2.

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Government publish third party sales consultation response 24th December 2018

DEFRA has published its response on proposals to ban 3rd party sales of puppies and kittens in England.

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Drivers caught ‘plying for hire’ 19th December 2018

Four private hire drivers face action after picking up unbooked fares in Telford and Wrekin.

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London “taxis are likely to dwindle and potentially disappear” – Karhoo tells GLA 19th December 2018

Karhoo, a company that connects taxis with customers, has told the Greater London Authority that taxis are likely to dwindle and potentially disappear in its evidence into taxis and private-hire vehicles (PHVs) in the capital.

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Private hire driver hit with fine following licensing breach 19th December 2018

An Andover private hire driver has been hit with a £170 fine after he pleaded guilty to operating without a licence.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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New NAFN National Register of Taxi and Private Hire Licence Revocations and Refusals (NR3) 1st August 2018

The LGA has launched a national register of taxi and PHV licence refusals and revocations – or NR3.

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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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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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