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Council awarded iESE achievement award for licensing 18th November 2019

The licensing team at Cheltenham Borough Council has been awarded the iESE’s Certificate of Excellence for its service transformation work.

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MUP in Wales confirmed 16th November 2019

The Welsh Government will introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol of 50p from 2 March 2020.

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Betting companies “merely paying lip service to safer gambling” 13th November 2019

The Guardian is reporting that betting firms are recruiting specialist staff to lure high-spending “VIP” customers who lose significant sums of money.

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Spent convictions and 'fit and proper’ test 13th November 2019

The Upper Tribunal has ruled on the relevance of spent convictions and 'fit and proper person' test.

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Edinburgh first to license SEVs 13th November 2019

Edinburgh is set to become the first Scottish council to license sexual entertainment venues (SEV) in Scotland.

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Taxi driver appeal dismissed 7th November 2019

A taxi driver was ordered to pay costs of £3848 when his appeal against a decision by Hyndburn Borough Council to revoke his private hire driver's licence was dismissed.

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LGA: Taxi reforms urgently needed 5th November 2019

The Local Government Association (LGA) have called on the Government to urgently reform taxi and private hire licensing.

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Gambling Commission update gaming machine ‘available for use’ guidance 4th November 2019

The Gambling Commission has updated its guidance on 'available for use' gaming machines in AGC or bingo premises under the 20% regulations.

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“Hundreds” of London minicabs could be working illegally 4th November 2019

A BBC investigation has found that hundreds of London minicab drivers may be working fraudulently after buying qualifications.

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Councils transforming people affected by alcohol 3rd November 2019

The LGA have published a series of case studies looking at how councils are helping to support and transform the lives of people affected by alcohol.

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NatWest to offer help to gambling addicts 3rd November 2019

NatWest is to offer counselling sessions for gambling addicts inside branches as part of a pilot scheme that could be rolled out across the country.

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Taxi Driver Guilty of Driving without Private Hire Driver Licence 30th October 2019

A man illegally caught carrying out Private Hire Taxi work without a valid licence in Beaconsfield has been fined after pleading guilty.

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VE Day Anniversay - hours extension planned for pubs 25th October 2019

The Home Secretary has announced plans to extend pub licensing hours across England and Wales to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day.

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2019 Young People and Gambling report 24th October 2019

The Gambling Commission has today published the 2019 Young People & Gambling survey.

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First fully electric London taxis since 1899 24th October 2019

The first fully electric taxi is set to take to London’s streets in over a 110 years.

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No primary legislation to reform taxi and PH licensing 22nd October 2019

Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport has told the transport select committee that the Government has no plans to reform taxi and private hire licensing through the introduction of primary legislation.

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Petfre to pay £322,000 for money laundering failures 22nd October 2019

An online gambling operator will pay £322,000 for money laundering failures.

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Significant underage gambling failure rate in pubs 22nd October 2019

The Gambling Commission has called for pub industry to take faster action to prevent under 18s accessing gaming machines in pubs.

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Court rules Council was right to refuse licence for convicted driver 22nd October 2019

A court has upheld a decision by Telford & Wrekin Council not to grant a convicted man a licence to drive a taxi or private hire vehicle.

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“Guilty” Plea for Illegal Dog Sales 18th October 2019

East Northamptonshire Council has welcomed the prosecution of three individuals after they pleaded guilty to selling dogs without a licence in Lilford.

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Taxi enforcement action in MK 16th October 2019

Taxi Licensing Officers from Milton Keynes Council recently joined forces with Thames Valley Police to carry out checks on taxi drivers during an evening of positive enforcement action.

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Wales MUP regulations laid 16th October 2019

The Welsh Assembly has today (16/10/19) laid the Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Minimum Unit Price) (Wales) Regulations 2019.

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Consultation on liquor licensing laws in Northern Ireland 15th October 2019

Northern Ireland’s Department for Communities has launched a consultation on current liquor licensing laws, their impact, if any, and what changes could be considered in the future.

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Research on the impact of Scottish minimum unit pricing released 15th October 2019

Research published have shown a reduction in off-trade alcohol sales in Scotland since MUP was implemented.

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Taxi law reform and the Queen’s speech 11th October 2019

The Government may bring taxi reform legislation forward in Queen’s speech.

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Rossendale man found guilty of driving a taxi without a licence 11th October 2019

A Bacup man has been fined £420 and found guilty of three offences after driving a Hackney Carriage without the proper licences.

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First electric taxi licensed in North West Leicestershire 11th October 2019

North West Leicestershire has its first electric private hire vehicle after CK Cars’ new Tesla was officially licenced by the district council.

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Autonomous taxis “on streets of London for the first time” 9th October 2019

The Times have reported that autonomous taxis have driven on London’s roads for the first time.

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“Cut alcohol to stave off dementia” – Oxford University 9th October 2019

A report has called for a significant reduction in the amount of alcohol consumed to reduce risk of developing dementia.

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Private hire driver loses licence on hearsay evidence 6th October 2019

A private hire driver has unsuccessfully appealed after a council refused to renew his licence following the receipt of anonymous hearsay evidence.

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Non-party licensing costs but requires fairness – High Court 6th October 2019

The High Court has rules that non-party costs orders can be issued under the Licensing Act but rules of natural justice must apply.

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Oldham club stays shut after licence revocation upheld 2nd October 2019

A town centre nightclub that was at the centre of violent disorder will stay closed.

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Driver with "clear pattern of inappropriate behaviour" towards children refused licence 27th September 2019

A private hire driver has unsuccessfully appealed after a council refused to renew his licence following the receipt of anonymous hearsay evidence.

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Ten 'Cumulative Impact Zones' and MUP – Brent Council consultation 25th September 2019

Brent Council is consulting on proposals to regulate the number of off-licenses in hotspots that suffer from alcohol-related anti-social behaviour.

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Whitehaven pubs sign up to be Best Bar None 25th September 2019

SEVEN licensed premises in Whitehaven have applied for a prestigious national accreditation.

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Tackling modern slavery – LGA publication 25th September 2019

The LGA have published a councillor guide to tackling modern slavery.

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London Nightclub Loses Licence 25th September 2019

A nightclub in London as lost its licence after serious crime and disorder issues.

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DfT publish statistical report 'Taxi and private hire vehicle statistics, England: 2019' 25th September 2019

This statistical release presents information on taxis and private hire vehicles in England as at 31 March 2019.

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Uber London Limited licensing decision 24th September 2019

Uber has been issued a temporary 2 month operating licence extension in London.

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Lucy's Law confirmed for Scotland 22nd September 2019

Lucy’s Law - aimed at cracking down on so-called puppy farms - will be passed by Scottish Government.

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Proposed changes to Entertainment Licensing Statistics 22nd September 2019

The DCMS has published its response to a consultation that took place towards the end of 2018 and early 2019, regarding the annual publication of entertainment statistics.

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DCMS Committee call for regulation of betting in video games 18th September 2019

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has published its 15th report looking at issued related to “Immersive and addictive technologies”.

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Ban on new pubs ‘does not help’ tackle alcohol harm 18th September 2019

Ban on new pubs ‘does not help’ tackle alcohol harm Scottish boards tell Holyrood

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Tattooist licensing – Call for more powers 18th September 2019

The Tattoo and Piercing Industry Union, and the Royal Society for Public Health renew calls for a uniform approach to the licensing of tattooists.

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New technology to detect knives in public places 16th September 2019

A Home Office funded trial will take place in Stratford station, East London, as part of the government’s continued drive to crack down on knife crime.

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Licensing: third party costs orders 13th September 2019

In the first High Court judgment on third party costs orders in licensing cases, the High Court has overturned a costs decision of a District Judge.

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“Tax alcohol at a higher rate than drink sold in pubs” – SMF 8th September 2019

The Social Market Foundation has recommended to support the pub sector and cut problem drinking.

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Greater Manchester Common Standards for taxis delayed 5th September 2019

It has been reported that the work to harmonise taxi and private hire licensing standards in Greater Manchester will be delayed.

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Pubs and grassroots sport: the perfect match 5th September 2019

Pubs contribute an estimated £40 million to grassroots sport as rich heritage remains strong

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Gambling Commission set to approves self-exclusion system for problem gamblers 5th September 2019

It has been reported that the Gambling Commission is set to online self-exclusion system Gamstop.

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Ireland notifies EU of regulation to ban alcohol promotions 5th September 2019

The Irish government has notified the European Commission of plans to ban alcohol promotions in the country.

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Special Treatments: IoL and CIEH joint survey of professionals 5th September 2019

The Institute of Licensing (IoL) and Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) are surveying members to gather views about the current regulation of cosmetic treatments and how this could be improved for better public protection.

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Private hire drivers pay the price after being caught in Council sting 29th August 2019

A private hire driver recorded illegally picking up passengers was one of three recently convicted in court following a joint sting operation orchestrated by Manchester City Council.

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North Somerset Council succeed in Crown Court taxi appeal 29th August 2019

North Somerset Council has succeeded in Crown Court taxi appeal after revoking a driver’s private hire drivers’ licence with immediate effect.

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Private Hire driver caught plying for hire in Milton Keynes 27th August 2019

A private hire driver has been successfully prosecuted at MK Magistrates’ Court for illegally plying for hire.

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No national order for rugby world cup 23rd August 2019

There will be no national exemption order for the forthcoming rugby world cup in Japan.

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Government consults on Offensive Weapons Act guidance 23rd August 2019

The Home Office has launched a consultation on draft guidance relating to the implementation of the Offensive Weapons Act.

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Cab drivers count cost of picking up illegal fares in Milton Keynes 21st August 2019

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

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Carlsberg UK and Guild of Beer Writers launch sustainability award 19th August 2019

Carlsberg UK is sponsoring a new prize within the Guild of Beer Writers Annual Awards this year, with the aim of recognising the importance of writing and other communication in driving sustainability in the beer and pubs sector.

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Council defeats revocation appeal 19th August 2019

St Albans Council has defeated an appeal against the revocation of a hackney carriage driver’s licence for a driver due to stand trial for a conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

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Updated: Refunds of gambling premises annual fees 19th August 2019

The Gambling Commission issues guidance on the ability of licensing authorities to refund gambling premises annual fees.

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Doctors on Wheels Ltd and taxi medicals 9th August 2019

Swansea Trading Standards have written to taxi licensing authorities about the ability of Doctors on Wheels Ltd to provide taxi and private hire medicals.

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EPC publish revised SAG Good Practice Guide 9th August 2019

The Emergency Planning College (EPC) has launched its new “Guide to Working in Safety Advisory Groups.”

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Pubs across the country enter Charity Pub of the Year competition 9th August 2019

Pubs across the country from Elgin to Southampton have entered the Charity Pub of the Year Awards, organised by PubAid and the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group (APPBG) and sponsored by Matthew Clark.

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LGA publish guidance on managing night-time economies 9th August 2019

The LGA has published a resource for councils looking at ways to strengthen and improve the management of the night-time economy.

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New LGA Councillor Guidance for the Licensing Act 2003 9th August 2019

The LGA has published an updated Councillor Guidance for the Licensing Act 2003.

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Gambling Commission releases National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms action map 9th August 2019

The Gambling Commission has published a map of actions and implementation plan that are in place to reduce gambling harms in Great Britain.

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Unlicensed taxi driver fined in Rossendale 1st August 2019

The driver had previously had his licence revoked but was found attempting to ply for hire.

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Private Hire driver convicted for failing to take an Assistance Dog in Milton Keynes 29th July 2019

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

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Private hire drivers successfully prosecuted for illegally plying for hire in Milton Keynes 29th July 2019

A number of private hire drivers have been successfully prosecuted at MK Magistrates’ Court for illegally plying for hire (blagging) following a joint enforcement operation conducted by Milton Keynes, South Northants and Aylesbury Vale Councils.

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CK Cabs driver who lost his taxi licence for 'violent behaviour' fails in bid to get it back 26th July 2019

Magistrates heard Colin Owen's licence was revoked by Gwynedd Council following two incidents of violent behaviour.

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Southwark grants 3am premises licence in stress area 22nd July 2019

The licence was granted as an exception to Southwark's Cumulative Impact Policy

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National Lottery games under review 18th July 2019

The Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport has issued a consultation on the minimum age for playing National Lottery games.

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DEFRA issue taxi air quality reporting guidance 18th July 2019

DEFRA has issued guidance to licensing authorities proving advice on compliance with the new taxi air quality reporting regulations.

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Welsh Government publish public transport White Paper report 18th July 2019

The Welsh Government has published its report on Improving Public Transport outlining summary of response.

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Third party sale of puppies and kittens to be banned in Wales 18th July 2019

Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths has confirmed that third party sales of puppies and kittens are set to be banned in Wales after a consultation showed overwhelming public support.

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Court demands unmet demand survey in Halton council taxi appeal case 16th July 2019

The Crown Court has overturned a decision by Halton Borough Council to refuse 13 hackney carriage (taxi) licences and remitted the matter back to the council with “strong” recommendation to undertake unmet demand survey.

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Welsh taxi reform delayed 16th July 2019

The Welsh Government has announced that plans to modernise taxi licensing laws in Wales will be delayed.

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Portugal oppose Welsh MUP plans 16th July 2019

The Portuguese Government has objected to Wales proposal for a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol.

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Animal Licensing Amendment Regulations 14th July 2019

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 has been published.

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Star directors back new Premises Licence for independent cinema in Camden’s Cumulative Impact Policy area 8th July 2019

The Garden Cinema, a new independent arts cinema and media hub in Seven Dials, Covent Garden London has been granted a premises licence.

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AVDC successfully prosecutes three drivers for ‘blagging’ 4th July 2019

On Friday 28 June 2019, Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) successfully prosecuted 3 drivers for illegally plying for hire (blagging) at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court.

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Taxi driver appeal dismissed 3rd July 2019

A Rossendale taxi driver who failed a basic skills, knowledge and conditions test three times has lost his appeal to keep his licence.

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Cheltenham’s night-time economy wins national award 2nd July 2019

Cheltenham’s night-time economy has won a national award recognising it as one of the best in the country.

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Appeal against revocation and transfer of premises licence dismissed 2nd July 2019

An appeal against a decision by Reading Borough Council to revoke and refuse to tranfer a premises licence has been dismissed.

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Gambling firms pledge £60m to help problem gamblers 2nd July 2019

The BBC reports that the UK's biggest gambling firms have agreed to contribute more money to fund treatment for problem gamblers.

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Taxi enforcement action in Milton Keynes 2nd July 2019

Taxi Licensing Officers from Milton Keynes Council recently joined forces with Thames Valley Police to carry out checks on taxi drivers on an evening of positive enforcement action.

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Gambling HoL Select Committee publishes a call for evidence 2nd July 2019

House of Lords Select Committee publishes a call for evidence in respect of the gambling industry.

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Private Hire Driver convicted of driving without a Licence 26th June 2019

A private hire licence holder has been charged for driving a private hire vehicle without a licence.

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Alcohol licensing rules ‘redrawn for Center Parcs 25th June 2019

A reported licensing case in Ireland has heard that alcohol licensing rules had to be redrawn to cater for the scale of the Center Parcs resort in Co Longford.

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Gambling addiction clinic to open 25th June 2019

The NHS is to open its first gambling clinic for children and young people.

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New Gambling House of Lords Select Committee set up 19th June 2019

The Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry Committee was appointed on 13 June 2019.

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National Pubwatch produce two new films 19th June 2019

The two new ‘emergency first-aid’ films were produced in Claytons Bar in Marlow focussing on simple and timely action licenses might take to reduce injury and prevent the loss of life.

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Scottish alcohol sales drop as minimum price kicks in 19th June 2019

It has been reported that alcohol sales in Scotland dropped in 2018 to the lowest level in any year since records began in the early 1990s.

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‘Blagging’ private hire driver stripped of licence 13th June 2019

A Milton Keynes private hire driver has been successfully prosecuted at MK Magistrates’ Court for illegally plying for hire (blagging).

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Government response to Lords seaside towns report 11th June 2019

The House of Lords Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities has received a response from the Government to its report, The future of seaside towns.

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Twelve north east councils to combine taxi licensing 11th June 2019

It has been reported that twelve councils look to create a taxi licensing agreement in bid to clamp down on out of area drivers.

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Preston Private Hire Operator fined for refusing to take passenger with guide dog 11th June 2019

A Preston private hire operator that refused to accept a booking from a passenger with a guide dog pleaded guilty at Preston Magistrate’s Court and has been ordered to pay a total of £1,779.04.

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Bogus charity collector jailed 11th June 2019

A Bristol man who let people believe they were donating money to charity has today been sentenced at Bristol Crown Court to five months imprisonment following a guilty plea.

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Praise for taxi driver who reported CSE concerns 6th June 2019

The driver raised concerns about the welfare of two young girls, leading to four men being arrested

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North West Leicestershire District Council signs up to NR3 3rd June 2019

North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) has become one of the first local authorities in the county to sign up to a new licensing register designed to improve public safety and confidence in taxis.

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Below cost sales guidance updated 3rd June 2019

The Home Office has issued updated guidance on the ban of below cost sales of alcohol.

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NI taxis lowest level in 10 years 3rd June 2019

The number of licensed taxis in Northern Ireland has reached its lowest number for 10 years.

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High Court Rejects We Love Hackney CCO Application in licensing JR 2nd June 2019

The High Court, has dismissed a renewed application for a Costs Capping Order ("CCO") and has ordered We Love Hackney Limited to pay security for costs in the sum of £60,000 if it intends to proceed with its claim for judicial review.

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Defra notice regarding zoos inspections 29th May 2019

Defra have recently issued a Notice to Zoo Inspectors, Zoo Operators and Local Authorities. The Notice outlines procedures for where non-compliance is identified at a zoo.

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NITA report on benefits of events 29th May 2019

A report by the Night Time Industries Association has called on towns and cities to embrace the Political Economy of Informal Events.

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Stone Valley Festival given go ahead 21st May 2019

East Herts District Council has today granted a premises licence for the Stone Valley South Festival, which is due to open this Friday (24 May 2019).

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Labour “demands” review of online casino licences 21st May 2019

The Times reported that Tom Watson MP has written to the Gambling Commission “…to question the integrity of many operators.”

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'Night mayor' to be appointed by Glasgow City Council 19th May 2019

Glasgow City Council’s leader has announced the appointment of a night mayor to “co-ordinate the late night licensed trade activity in the city, including pubs and clubs.”

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UK drinkers “get drunk more often than anyone else” according to study 19th May 2019

A report by Global Drug has found that whilst fewer people are drinking alcohol overall, those who do appear to be doing it in a potentially harmful way.

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Three Private Hire drivers caught illegally ‘blagging’ in Milton Keynes 16th May 2019

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

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Lucy’s Law laid before Parliament 15th May 2019

Legislation that will to end puppy and kitten farming has been laid before Parliament and will come into force in April 2020.

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Glasgow City Council reject women only taxi service 12th May 2019

Ms Margo Welsh applied for a private hire booking licence for Rosy and Pink Cars.

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“Grey gamblers” fastest growing group of online gamblers 3rd May 2019

The Mail reported that over-55s are the fastest growing group of online gamblers according to new figures released.

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First anniversary of MUP in Scotland 3rd May 2019

Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol in Scotland was implanted on 1 May 2018.

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Ice-cream vans banned from some areas of London 1st May 2019

The Guardian reports that concerns over air pollution, traffic congestion, targeting of schools and illegal trading have led to a crackdown in parts of the capital.

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LCCP changes on age and identity verification come into effect in May 30th April 2019

From 7 May operators will be required to verify a customer’s age before they can deposit money or access free-play games, and verify their name, address and date of birth before they can gamble.

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Surveillance Commissioner responds to DfT consultation 30th April 2019

Surveillance Camera Commissioner has published its response to the ‘Taxi and private hire vehicle licensing: protecting users’ consultation by the Department for Transport.

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Taxi enforcement action in Milton Keynes 25th April 2019

Taxi Licensing Officers from Milton Keynes and South Northants Councils recently joined forces with Thames Valley Police to carry out checks on taxi drivers.

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Pub closures showing signs of slowing 24th April 2019

Nearly 1,000 UK pubs shut last year, although the rate of closures is slowing, new research claims.

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Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles Database – Update 24th April 2019

The Air Quality (Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles Database) (England and Wales) Regulations 2019 have been debated in Parliament and will come into force on 1 May 2019.

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Glasgow first council to introduce cap on private hire car licences 24th April 2019

Glasgow City Council has become the first council to place a cap on private hire car licences.

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Home Office publication: Child exploitation disruption toolkit 23rd April 2019

The toolkit, published in April 2019, is primarily aimed at frontline staff, including law enforcement, social care, education, housing and the voluntary sector, working to safeguard children and young people under the age of 18 from sexual and criminal exploitation.

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IoL responds to DfT consultation on S177 Draft Statutory Guidance 22nd April 2019

The IoL has responded to the consultation and highlights the need to address concerns about information sharing under the common law police disclosure arrangements.

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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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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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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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Institute responds to Home Office 'Rebalancing the Licensing Regime' consultation 9th September 2010

The Institute has made a formal response to the Home Office consultation in relation to the Coalition proposals to 'rebalance the licensing regime'.

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