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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 08/08/2020

The instrument amends the Face Coverings Regulations which require members of the public to wear a face covering when in a “relevant place”.

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LGA calls for tougher licensing powers “to crack down” on COVID-19 safety breaches Published Date: 08/08/2020

Pubs and other licensed premises should be made to comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines with councils given the powers to close down places where rules are being flouted and communities are put at risk of infection, the LGA said.

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Football alcohol might be lifted Published Date: 08/08/2020

Newspapers reported that football's 35-year booze ban may be lifted to draw fans back into stadiums this year with proposals to allow supporters to drink in their seats aimed at avoiding unnecessary movement and contact with others.

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DPTAC position on taxis and private hire vehicles Published Date: 08/08/2020

The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) position on, and recommendations about, the accessibility of taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs).

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Launch of Planning for the future consultation to reform the planning system Published Date: 06/08/2020

The Government is consulting on plans to reform the planning system, streamlining planning processes, cutting red tape and making more use of technology to speed up the process. The stated intention of the proposed new system will be to protect valued green spaces with more building on brownfield land while delivering new homes faster, and provide a 30% discount through First Homes with an emphasis on key workers.

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Entertainment industry calls for more support Published Date: 06/08/2020

Paul Fleming, general secretary-elect of Equity, told the BBC more state funding was needed to keep the arts going through the pandemic calling the government's coronavirus performance a "pantomime".

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Local lockdowns reach Scotland as Aberdeen restrictions are imposed Published Date: 05/08/2020

Following an increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Aberdeen, local restrictions on travel, indoor gatherings between households and the closure of indoor and outdoor hospitality will be introduced in the Aberdeen City local authority area, taking effect from 5pm today (Wednesday 5 August).

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Pubs and restaurants in Wales reopen indoors Published Date: 03/08/2020

From today (3 August) pubs, cafes and restaurants in Wales will be able to serve people indoors with the BBC reporting that people have spoken of their excitement and anxiety about socialising again as lockdown rules are further relaxed in Wales.

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Lockdown 'reverse gear' warning for Scottish pubs Published Date: 03/08/2020

It’s been reported that Scotland's national clinical director said there has to be a "reverse gear" over licensed venue easing lockdown in Scotland.

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Guide Dogs and RNIB - Letter to Local Authority Licensing Published Date: 03/08/2020

Guide Dogs and the RNIB have produced a joint letter to local authorities in regard to pavement licensing and the new Business and Planning Act.

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Will pubs need to shut to allow schools to reopen Published Date: 03/08/2020

There has been some discussion on this with Prof Graham Medley, a government scientific advisor, saying pubs or "other activities" in England may need to close to allow schools to reopen next month, while Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick subsequently advising that there are no plans to do this.

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The Rules for Independence Day and Beyond - Issue 3, 31 July 2020 Published Date: 03/08/2020

Charles Holland, Gary Grant and Leo Charalambides have provided an update of their report on 'The Rules for Independence Day and Beyond'

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Coronavirus: £100m Zoo Animals Fund opens for applications Published Date: 03/08/2020

The £100m Zoo Animals Fund, announced on 27 June, is now open for applications from zoos and aquariums.

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Closing certain businesses and venues in England - Guidance updated 3 August 2020 Published Date: 03/08/2020

The Guidance 'Closing certain businesses and venues in England' has been updated following the announcement by Boris Johnson on 31 July regarding the delays to further reopening originally planed for 1 August.

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Government reverse re-opening plans for certain premises Published Date: 31/07/2020

The Government has announced a reversal of further lockdown easing in England following spikes in reported cases.

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Scotland – Re-opening Phase 3 continues with further indicative dates Published Date: 30/07/2020

Live outdoor events, funfairs, amusement arcades, casinos, bingo halls and other premises are set to re-open on 24 August according to indicative dates from the Scotland Government.   The indicative dates will be kept under review and are contingent on the continued suppression of COVID-19.  Re-opening dates for indoor gyms, swimming pools and sports clubs will be reviewed in 3 weeks time with a current indicative date of 14 September.

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Scotland: events sector guidance published Published Date: 30/07/2020

The Scotland Government has published a guide for the events sector on safe re-opening during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Local lockdown restrictions for North West England, while Luton will be relaxed Published Date: 30/07/2020

Government announces changes to rules on gatherings in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and East Lancashire after increase in COVID-19 cases.  Meanwhile, local restrictions in Luton will be lifted from Saturday 1 August, bringing the area back in line with the majority.

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Small music venues in England get £2.2m emergency government funding Published Date: 26/07/2020

The first tranche of funding from the Government’s £1.57 billion cultural recovery package will be used to save around 150 grassroots music venues from insolvency, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has announced.

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“Close the criminal cabbies loophole” – IoL referenced Published Date: 26/07/2020

The Institute of Licensing taxi and PH suitability guidance has been referenced in the national press reporting on the DfT’s statutory guidance.

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£10 million funding package for Scotland’s events sector Published Date: 26/07/2020

A funding package of £10 million has been established to help the events sector recover from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. in Scotland. A restart date for the events sector is still awaited.

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Coronavirus restrictions relaxed further in Wales Published Date: 24/07/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 2) (Wales) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 come into effect from 25th July, meaning cinemas, museums and beauty salons can reopen from Monday, as Wales’ coronavirus restrictions continue to be relaxed,

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Petition to ban puppy import and strengthen Lucy’s Law Published Date: 23/07/2020

Campaigners are petitioning for further changes to address importation of puppies which undermines the licensing controls implemented by Lucy’s Law creating an enforcement minefield for local authorities tasked with regulating dog breeding.  The exploitative importation of young puppies for sale in England  gives rise to the same welfare concerns which prompted Lucy's Law, including the  premature separation from the mother, and the trauma and health issues that can be associated with transportation.

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Vets and celebrities lead public warnings against ‘cruel and opportunist’ lockdown pet sellers Published Date: 23/07/2020

As the lockdown surge in demand for puppies continues, DEFRA's 'Petfished' campaign is being promoted by vets and celebrities in an effort to raise awareness of the issues which give rise to potentially severe welfare issues unscrupulous individuals breed puppies for profit with little or no concern for the welfare of the pups or their mother.

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Dance Music Artists and Industry Make Urgent Plea to Government to Support UK’s World Leading Dance Music & Events Sector Published Date: 23/07/2020

Stars from the UK’s Dance Music sector, alongside festivals, nightclubs, and industry figures are today issuing an urgent plea for support from the UK Government that the dance music clubs & events sector must be protected and recognised as an important part of the nation’s art and culture in parity with the wider Live Music sector, to ensure equal access to support.

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Face coverings Regulations published Published Date: 23/07/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020 have been published.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 23/07/2020

This instrument makes further changes to Schedule 2 to allow the following businesses and venues to re-open on 25 July 2020: a. indoor swimming pools, including indoor facilities at water parks b. indoor fitness and dance studios c. indoor gyms and sports courts and facilities

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Business & Planning Act 2020 Published Date: 22/07/2020

The Business and Planning Bill 2019-21 has received Royal Assent today (22 July 2020) and its provisions come into effect immediately under section 24 of the new Act.

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Pavement licences guidance Published Date: 22/07/2020

Guidance to accompany pavement licensing introduced in the Business and Planning Act 2020 has been issued.

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Guidance for temporary alcohol licensing provisions Published Date: 22/07/2020

This guidance relates to the alcohol licensing provisions in the Business and Planning Act 2020.

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Scottish Government criticised after re-imposing ban on gaming machines in betting shops Published Date: 22/07/2020

Betting shops in Scotland have been ordered to switch off their gaming machines, just days after the Scottish Government announced it was lifting the controversial ban.

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Government announces national standards for taxi and private hire vehicle passengers in England and Wales Published Date: 21/07/2020

The new Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards which local authorities will be expected to implement are designed to improve consistency in the licensing system, reducing the risk of harm posed to children and vulnerable passengers in the process. It follows historic and serious cases of taxi and PHV drivers abusing their position of trust.

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NEXSTART guidance on pavement licence conditions Published Date: 21/07/2020

This note relates to pavement licences that would be granted to existing alcohol licensed premises. Inevitably the provisions are detailed and contain some ambiguity; however, one issue that has been identified as potentially posing some difficulty for operators is the provision of standard conditions.

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Business and Planning Bill Update (21 July) Published Date: 21/07/2020

The Business and Planning Bill has completed its scrutiny in the House of Lords and will now go back to the House of Commons for consideration of the proposed amendments.

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Government plans to ensure pubs, restaurants and cafes offer both smoking and non-smoking outdoor options Published Date: 20/07/2020

People using pubs, restaurants and cafes will soon have greater freedom to choose non-smoking outdoor areas following an amendment tabled today to legislation in Parliament.

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CGA and UKHospitality set out the industry’s road to recovery Published Date: 20/07/2020

A Consumers are returning cautiously to hospitality, but rigorous safety measures, industry collaboration and government support can all speed the sector along the road to recovery.

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Licensing of outdoor drinking and dining – LGA Guidance Published Date: 19/07/2020

The Local Government Association has issued guidance on the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations.

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Government issue guidance on local authority powers to impose restrictions Published Date: 19/07/2020

The Government has issued guidance on the powers given to local authorities to impose local lockdowns.

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NEXSTART on Coronavirus Regulations No3 on Local Restriction Directions Published Date: 19/07/2020

Sarah Clover has written the latest NEXSTART note, this one on the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations 2020.

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‘Nightingale Courts’ established to help tackle the impact of Covid-19 on the justice system Published Date: 19/07/2020

The Lord Chancellor has today (19 July 2020) announced locations for 10 ‘Nightingale Courts’ which have been rapidly set up to tackle the impact of coronavirus on the justice system. Spanning England and Wales, the courts will hear civil, family and tribunals work as well as non-custodial crime cases.

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COVID-19 Latest relaxations: Theatres and indoor performances to resume in England from 1 August Published Date: 17/07/2020

Indoor performances with socially distanced audiences will be able to take place across the country from 1 August, the Prime Minister has announced.

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PM on latest relaxations as Government ‘hopes for the best but plans for the worst' Published Date: 17/07/2020

PM Boris Johnson has set out the Government’s position as it ‘hopes for the best and plans for the worst’.  Amid announcements of relaxations which will see theatres and indoor performances resume with social distancing measures from 1 August, additional funding has been announced for the NHS alongside local lockdown powers for ministers and local authorities.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 - in force from 18 July 2020. Published Date: 17/07/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 make provision for a local authority to give directions relating to premises, events and public outdoor places in its area. A direction may only be given if the local authority considers that the public health, necessity and proportionality conditions set out in regulation 2 are met. The Regulations will come into force on 18th July 2020.

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Business events and conferences given go ahead to resume from 1 October Published Date: 17/07/2020

The Government has announced that business events and conferences will be permitted to resume from 1 October provided rates of infection remain at current levels

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Scotland: Planning for re-opening schools safely Published Date: 16/07/2020

Scientific advice for the safe re-opening of schools and resumption of school transport has been published today (Thursday 16 July). Subject to the continued suppression of the virus, and to surveillance and mitigations being in place, schools will re-open from 11 August.

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Northern Ireland: proposals to reform liquor licensing laws Published Date: 16/07/2020

Communities Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín MLA, has announced Executive agreement on proposals that will transform and modernise the liquor licensing law, striking a balance between tackling alcohol abuse and bolstering the hospitality industry.

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Bristol set to remove all Cumulative Impact Policies Published Date: 15/07/2020

Poppleston Allen Solicitors have reported that Bristol City Council have made the decision to remove all Cumulative Impact Assessment Policies with effect from 1st August 2020.

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Business & Planning Bill: 11pm deadline on off-sales Published Date: 15/07/2020

The Telegraph have reported that ministers are climbing down by placing an 11pm deadline on off-sales after Lords warned it would cause disorder.

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Review of restaurant licence for flouting lockdown rules Published Date: 14/07/2020

India Cottage, a restaurant based in Ringwood, Hampshire has had its licence reviewed for not complying with lock down restrictions.

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Business and Planning Bill: Update Published Date: 14/07/2020

The Bill continues to progress through the House of Lords completing its committee stage.

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Planning update on cultural venues and holiday parks - Written Ministerial Statement Published Date: 14/07/2020

Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick has made a Written Ministerial Statement outlining the planning changes designed to protect

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 12/07/2020

This instrument makes a number of changes to Schedule 2 (Businesses subject to Closures) of the Regulations.

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Further easing of lockdown in Wales Published Date: 12/07/2020

Pubs, cafes, restaurants and bars in Wales will be able to serve customers indoors from 3 August, providing Covid cases continue to fall.

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New planning rules to protect cultural heritage Published Date: 12/07/2020

Theatres, concert halls and live music performance venues will be protected through changes to the planning system which will take effect next week, prompting councils to consider the impact of coronavirus into consideration when considering change of use, redevelopment of demotion of premises.

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Beauty salons set to reopen for some services next week under new government guidelines Published Date: 10/07/2020

Businesses including beauty salons, nail bars and tattoo studios can reopen safely from Monday 13 July.

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Gov.uk updates: Outdoor theatres, gyms and pools to re-open Published Date: 10/07/2020

Following the announcement from the Government yesterday (10/07/2020), the Government has issued a raft of updates and releases have been issued:

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Pub has licence revoked for noise and COVID-19 lockdown breach Published Date: 10/07/2020

A Chesterfield pub which breached COVID-19 regulations and caused a noise nuisance for neighbours, has had its licence revoked.

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Scotland’s hairdressers and barbers to re-open Published Date: 10/07/2020

Hairdressers and barbers are preparing to re-open on 15 July under the Scottish Government’s route map out of lockdown.  Guidance has been published for the sector and will also apply to other services including beauty salons which have an indicative opening date of 22 July.

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Outdoor theatres, gyms and pools to re-open Published Date: 09/07/2020

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced further relaxation of restriction regulations relating to outdoor theatres, gyms and pools.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) England Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020 No. 684) and associated guidance Published Date: 09/07/2020

Charles Holland, Gary Grant and Leo Charalambides provide commentary and legal analysis on the The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) England Regulations.

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NEXSTART advice note on Business & Planning Bill Published Date: 09/07/2020

NEXSTART's overview of the pavement licensing regime with Q&As.

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Update on Business and Planning Bill Published Date: 07/07/2020

The Business and Planning Bill is currently in the House of Lords for scrutiny.

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£1.57 billion rescue package for arts, culture and heritage industries announced Published Date: 06/07/2020

The government has announced a £1.57 billion rescue package for Britain’s arts, culture and heritage industries. Thousands of organisations across a range of sectors including the performing arts and theatres, heritage, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music and independent cinema will be able to access emergency grants and loans.

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NEXSTART commentary: The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 05/07/2020

NEXTSTART commentary by Leo Charalambides, Sarah Clover & Charles Holland on the amendments to the Health Protection Regulations.

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Covid19 - Selected sporting events, TV and film exempt from quarantine Published Date: 05/07/2020

Culture Secretary announces agreements to allow selected sporting events and production on film and television to get underway safely.

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Covid19 – Pubs reopening guidance Published Date: 05/07/2020

The Government has issued guidance to accompany the relaxation of the restriction regulations that came into effect on 4 July.

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NEXTSTART Advice note on Gambling Published Date: 03/07/2020

The NEXTSTART group have issued a further advice note on gambling covering gaming machines and compliance issues.

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Government advice on track and trace data collection Published Date: 03/07/2020

The Government has issued further guidance on how to maintain records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 03/07/2020

The amendment regulations that paves the way for further restrictions regulations to be lifted in respect of pubs and other licensed venues have been published.

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The re-opening of pubs, bars and restaurants (etc) on 4 July 2020 by Gary Grant and Charles Holland, Barristers of Francis Taylor Building Published Date: 03/07/2020

At 3pm on 3 July 2020, the much anticipated regulations permitting pubs, bars, restaurants and, surprisingly, cinemas and theatres, in England to re-open were laid before Parliament, just hours before they come into force at 6am on Saturday, 4 July 2020.

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NEXSTART FAQs published Published Date: 03/07/2020

The relaxation of lockdown restrictions has given rise to questions being raised by authorities and operators concerning the interpretation and implementation of the requirements imposed upon businesses as they gradually reopen. This note endeavours to assist all those involved in the process to provide a safe transition out of lockdown.

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Live Music Stars in Plea for Government Help Published Date: 02/07/2020

Stars from the UK’s live music sector have written to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden in an urgent plea for support from the UK Government during what would have been the UK’s world-famous festival season.

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Pubs, cafes and restaurants to re-open outdoors in Wales Published Date: 02/07/2020

Pubs, cafes and restaurants to re-open outdoors in Wales will begin to re-open outdoors in Wales from July 13, if cases of coronavirus continue to fall.

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ICO guidance to businesses collecting personal data for contact tracing Published Date: 02/07/2020

The Information Commissioner’s Office has issued guidance to businesses collecting personal data for contact tracing.

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Safer taxi journeys set to be approved in Cheltenham Published Date: 02/07/2020

Travelling in Cheltenham licensed taxis or private hire vehicles will become safer as the authority’s Cabinet is set to approve a new policy on partition screens in licensed vehicles.

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Relaxed social distancing in Scottish pubs Published Date: 02/07/2020

The use of face coverings will become mandatory in shops in Scotland as coronavirus restrictions are eased and social distancing rules eased.

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Gambling APPG’s publish gambling harm report Published Date: 02/07/2020

The report found that the Covid -19 pandemic has underlined the need for greater protections for people who can gamble with ease from home, at any time of day and at any level, via a mobile phone.

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Hospitality and Leisure guidance on test and trace records published Published Date: 02/07/2020

Businesses and organisations are being told to collect contact details of their visitors as their venues reopen this Saturday, to help the NHS Test and Trace service in the national effort to contain and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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More funding for councils announced Published Date: 02/07/2020

Councils in England will now receive a further, unringfenced £500 million to respond to spending pressures they are facing as a result of COVID-19. The new support package was announced by Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick today, Thursday 2 July, as part of a comprehensive plan to ensure councils’ financial sustainability for the future.

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Select Committee publish report on Gambling Harm Published Date: 02/07/2020

The Select Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry has published its report: ‘Gambling Harm— Time for Action’.  The report makes over fifty recommendations to address the issues of problem gambling and criticises Government refusal to impose a mandatory levy on the industry to fund research, education and treatment.

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Local lockdown measures for Leicester Published Date: 30/06/2020

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed that lockdown measures will be reinstated in Leicester with schools and non-essential retail stores required to close from today (30 June), and residents asked to stay at home.  All but essential travel to and from Leicester should now be avoided.

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IoF Covid19 fundraising guidance Published Date: 30/06/2020

The Fundraising Regulator and the Chartered Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has produced guidance for safe fundraising during the pandemic.

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COVID-19 Guidance for using council buildings and community centres Published Date: 30/06/2020

Government guidance has been provided for those managing council buildings and multi-use community facilities.

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Business and Planning Bill: Update Published Date: 30/06/2020

The Business and Planning Bill cleared the House of Commons on 29 June 2020.

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COVID-19: NEXTSTART guidance on pavement licences Published Date: 29/06/2020

The latest advice note from the NEXSTART group which focuses on pavement licences under the new Business and Planning Bill.

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Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced from 1 August Published Date: 29/06/2020

Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1 August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted

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Public Accounts Committee report on gambling Published Date: 29/06/2020

House of Commons Public Accounts Committee report finds that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and the Gambling Commission it oversees have an “unacceptably weak understanding” of the impact of gambling harms and lack measurable targets for reducing them. The Gambling Commission has “no key performance indicators” and the departmental leadership lacks urgency to address this.

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COVID-19: NEXSTART Business and Planning Bill Published Date: 27/06/2020

Sarah Clover has authored the latest advice note from the NEXSTART group which focuses on the Business and Planning Bill.

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£100 million rescue package for England’s zoos and aquariums Published Date: 27/06/2020

Zoos and aquariums in England set to receive up to £100 million in additional support to help them continue to care for their animals through coronavirus pandemic.

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COVID-19: NEXSTART advice note on Group Size, Gatherings and Covid-19 Safe Capacity Published Date: 26/06/2020

Sarah Clover and Leo Charalambides have authored the latest advice note from the NEXSTART group which focuses on group size, gatherings and capacity.

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Welsh Government consults on proposals for a ban on third party sales of puppies and kittens in Wales Published Date: 26/06/2020

The Welsh Government is consulting on proposals to introduce a ban on commercial third party sales of puppies and kittens. This is a follow on from the consultation which was conducted between 19 February – 17 May 2019 and received 458 responses, the majority of which supported a ban. The consultation highlighted other issues which needed further investigation such as enforcement and breeding.

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Al Fresco eating and drinking under the Business and Planning Bill 2020: the licensing aspects Published Date: 25/06/2020

Gary Grant, Barrister at Francis Taylor Building and Vice Chairman of the Institute of Licensing, provides a detailed view of the changes proposed by the new Business and Planning Bill 2020.

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COVID- 19 - Scotland publishes next phase of relaxation Published Date: 25/06/2020

The Scottish Government has published its indicative dates for Phase 2 & early Phase 3 restriction relaxation.

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Draft guidance to support Business and Planning Bill Published Date: 25/06/2020

The Business and Planning Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on Thursday 25 June 2020. Draft guidance has been prepared to be read alongside a number of the planning measures set out in the Bill, including guidance on pavement licences.

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COVID- 19 - Business and Planning Bill Published Date: 25/06/2020

Planning and licensing laws will be relaxed to help the hospitality industry recover from the coronavirus lockdown, the Government has announced. Measures included within the Bill will include a fast-track process for businesses to obtain permission for the use of outside areas, will allow off-sales for takeaway and delivery purposes without the need to vary existing licences which authorise the sale of alcohol.

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COVID-19: Northern Ireland Executive brings forward timetable of indicative recovery dates Published Date: 25/06/2020

Indicative dates for further relaxations to the Coronavirus regulations in Northern Ireland have been announced by the Executive.

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New government guidance to support  reopening of tourism and visitor attractions on July 4 Published Date: 24/06/2020

The Government has published it’s ‘Guidance on Tourism and the Visitor Economy’, to help to get the tourism sector back up and running so the public can safely take domestic holidays  and visit attractions on days out.

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COVID-19 - New business guidance to support latest lockdown relaxations in England Published Date: 24/06/2020

Guidance has been provided for different categories of premises in England ahead of the latest lockdown relaxations announced by the PM yesterday, which will see the re-opening of many businesses including pubs, restaurants, hotels, cinemas, hairdressers and barbershops.

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New Guidance– ‘Staying alert and safe (social distancing). Published Date: 24/06/2020

New guidance has been provided on social distancing ahead of the relaxations announced by the Prime Minister yesterday.

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COVID- 19 - Re-opening of businesses and venues from 4 July Published Date: 24/06/2020

On 23 June 2020, the Prime Minister announced further easements of the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, including the re-opening of many businesses and venues (with exceptions).

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Compliance with licence conditions – Advice note Published Date: 23/06/2020

NEXSTART has issued its latest advice note dealing with compliance with licence conditions.

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More licensed premises can re-open from July Published Date: 23/06/2020

The Government has confirmed that pubs, restaurants and cinemas and hotels can reopen on 4 July provided that can comply with Covid secure guidelines.

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New company aims to save UK high streets Published Date: 22/06/2020

A team of retail and leisure experts has launched a new company called EVOLVE Partners to help rescue town centres including IoL Director and Chair of the West Midlands Institute of Licensing Sarah Clover.

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MHCLG letter to councils on street trading relaxation Published Date: 21/06/2020

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has written to local authorities asking them to relax licensing enforcement and reduce licensing fees.

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Gambling Commission opens consultation on high value 'VIP' customers Published Date: 20/06/2020

The Gambling Commission is seeking views on proposed changes to the rules operators must abide by when transacting with high value customers.

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Code of practice for the commercial property sector Published Date: 19/06/2020

Government has published a code of practice to encourage commercial tenants and landlords to work together to protect viable businesses.  The code is endorsed by UKH, BBPA and ACS amongst others.

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Scotland moves to Phase 2 in COVID-19 recovery route map Published Date: 18/06/2020

The Scottish Government has announced that Scotland will now move in stages to Phase 2 of its COVID-19 recovery routemap

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Scotland - tourism and hospitality sector guidance published Published Date: 18/06/2020

Scottish Government has published guidance for the tourism and hospitality sector, including procedures for staff and customer safety and an operations checklist.

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CPNI publishes Physical Distancing Guidance Published Date: 18/06/2020

The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) has published guidance on searching people and their belongings whilst maintaining physical distance.

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Toilets and compliance with the Health Protection Regulations – NEXSTART Advice Note Published Date: 17/06/2020

NEXSTART has issued its latest advice note dealing with toilet provision and the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) Regulations 2020 in England & Wales.

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Closing certain businesses and venues in England – Guidance updated Published Date: 16/06/2020

The government guidance ‘Closing certain businesses and venues in England’ has been updated to reflect the changes implemented through the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020.

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Increased Covid19 testing of taxi drivers Published Date: 16/06/2020

The Government has announced increased testing for taxi and PH drivers to help the Government learn more about who is at higher risk and how the virus is spreading.

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DfT statement on face coverings in taxis Published Date: 16/06/2020

The Department for Transport has issued a statement on face coverings in taxis.

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Gambling Commission Covid19 guidance for operators Published Date: 16/06/2020

The Gambling Commission have published FAQs aimed at helping operators manage compliance with Government Covid-19 guidance on re-opening.

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New rules on face coverings come into force today Published Date: 15/06/2020

From today (Monday 15 June 2020) everyone must wear a face covering when travelling by public transport in England.  The Regulations make face coverings mandatory on buses, coaches, trams, ferries, aircraft and trains.  Taxi and private hire vehicles are not included in the Regulations, although there will be local policies on this and the guidance which has been updated to reflect the regulations advises the public to wear face coverings when using taxi and private hire vehicles and states that drivers may refuse passengers if they are not wearing them.

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Partnership working has never been more important Published Date: 15/06/2020

Reopening licensed premises will symbolise that return to normality and it is important we get it right. In this authored article, Daniel Davies gives his thoughts on on the imporance and impact of having the right partnership between regulators and operators.

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Hospitality & Tourism APPG publishes report into effects of COVID-19 on sectors Published Date: 15/06/2020

Cutting tourism VAT, an overhaul of the business rates system and the creation of an autumn Bank Holiday are some of the ways in which the Government can support the UK’s hospitality and tourism businesses, according to a new report.

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UKH calls on Government to confirm hospitality reopening date Published Date: 15/06/2020

UKHospitality has called upon Government to confirm a re-opening date for hospitality and tourism, to allow businesses to prepare for a return to trading.

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Government launches review into 2m social distancing rule Published Date: 14/06/2020

The Prime Minister has launched a review of the 2 metre social distancing rules amidst calls to reduce it to allow more businesses to open.

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Betting shops, zoos and outdoor attractions open alongside shops with further easing of lockdown restrictions Published Date: 14/06/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 bring further relaxation to lockdown regulations allowing more premises to open including betting shops, zoos and outdoor attractions.

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Latest relaxations in England: outdoor attractions and zoos can re-open from Monday 15 June alongside shops Published Date: 11/06/2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has now confirmed that alongside shops, outdoor attractions where people can stay in their cars, and zoos can open on Monday 15 June subject to facilitating social distancing.

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Scotland’s tourism industry may re-open from 15 July Published Date: 11/06/2020

The Scottish Government has announced the formation of a new Scottish Recovery Tourism Taskforce to assist with the ongoing reset of the sector - and a provisional date of 15 July has been set for when tourism businesses may be able to resume operations, dependent on public health advice and progression to Phase 3 of the Scottish Government lockdown route-map.

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Scottish Tourism Alliance responds to announcement that sector can reopen on 15th July Published Date: 11/06/2020

The STA welcomes re-opening announcements, while remaining hopeful for some sectors to open earlier, and calling for urgent measures to overcome the 2 metre distancing requirements to enable economic viability for many businesses.

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Re-opening: Shops re-open on Monday, while pubs seek clarity and zoo announcements expected Published Date: 10/06/2020

Thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres will reopen on Monday 15 June amid calls for clarity on pubs. In the meantime, amid growing concern for zoos and similar establishments, media reports suggest that announcements later today will confirm that outdoor attractions can re-open from Monday subject to compliance with social distancing rules.

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COVID19 Licensing Issues: Opening up outside spaces for licensed premises Published Date: 10/06/2020

Philip Kolvin QC looks at a potential solution to the challenges of outside drinking , while Cheltenham Borough Council is understood to have become one of the first local authorities in the country to accelerate applications for temporary changes to the use of public areas and private land.

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Guide Dogs Coronavirus Guidance for Taxi and Private Hire Drivers Published Date: 10/06/2020

The association Guide Dogs for the Blind have created guidance to help taxi and private hire drivers and operators support customers with sight loss through good communication skills while maintaining social distancing.

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Business Secretary: 4th July earliest date for re-opening of pubs and bars Published Date: 10/06/2020

After media speculation that the Government might bring forward the date for pubs reopening, Business Secretary Alok Sharma says the Government will “continue to follow the roadmap, which sets out our ambition to reopen these sectors from 4 July at the earliest”.

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Appeals – Concerns registered over long delays on licensing hearings Published Date: 10/06/2020

In a letter, sent to HM Courts and Tribunal Service together with the Magistrates’ Association, Office of the Lord Chief Justice and government ministers, the Institute of Licensing and NALEO have raised concerns in relation to the delays on licensing hearings in the magistrates’ court.

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Pubs call for clarity over reopening plans Published Date: 09/06/2020

The BBPA has called on the Government for “urgent clarity and a definitive date for when beer gardens will be allowed to open”.

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COVID-19: Business Secretary launches working groups to help unleash Britain's growth potential Published Date: 08/06/2020

Business Secretary Alok Sharma is creating 5 new business-focused groups to unleash Britain’s growth potential and create jobs, as part of the government’s plans to help the economy bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic.

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More face-to-face hearings as courts reopen Published Date: 08/06/2020

An expansion of face-to-face hearings is planned this week as 16 more court and tribunal buildings open across England and Wales. This news comes amid growing concern at the delays to licensing hearings which are subject to the Court’s Listing Priorities.

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Government responds to the DCMS Select Committee Report and launches call for evidence into loot boxes Published Date: 08/06/2020

The Government has published it’s response to the Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee Report on Immersive and Addictive Technologies.   As part of the response, it has been announced that DCMS will launch a call for evidence into the impact of loot boxes on in-game spending and gambling-like behaviour later this year.

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COVID-19: Northern Ireland Executive confirms changes to Covid-19 regulations Published Date: 06/06/2020

A number of changes to the Coronavirus Regulations will be introduced from Monday (8 June). The Executive has also indicated that hotels and other tourist accommodation will be allowed to re-open from July 20, if virus transmissions rates continue to decline. A final decision to allow this reopening will be confirmed nearer the time.

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COVID-19 Business Closures - Guidance updated 5 June Published Date: 06/06/2020

The Guidance 'Closing certain businesses and venues in England' has been updated to reflect the amended Regulations.

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COVID-19: BEIS Committee calls for evidence on Post-Pandemic Economic Growth Published Date: 05/06/2020

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has launched a new super inquiry on Post-Pandemic Economic Growth. This wide-ranging and ambitious inquiry will look at the options available to Government to secure our economic recovery from the impact of Covid-19; covering investment, industrial strategy, jobs, skills, exports and sustainable growth. The Committee has called for evidence with submissions required by 17th July.

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COVID-19: Face coverings to become mandatory on public transport Published Date: 04/06/2020

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that it will be mandatory for bus, coach, train, tram, ferry and aircraft passengers in England to wear face coverings on their journeys from 15 June to coincide with the next phase of the lockdown relaxation. Official advice remains to work from home where possible. Update

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COVID19 Licensing Issues: LGA guidance on use of screens in PHVs and taxis Published Date: 04/06/2020

The Local Government Association has issued guidance on approaches to the use of screens in private hire vehicles (PHVs) and taxis during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19: The outdoor café campaign, by Philip Kolvin Published Date: 04/06/2020

In this authored article, Philip Kolvin QC gives his thoughts on solutions to allow the use of outdoor areas by licensed premises once allowed to reopen.

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COVID19 Licensing Issues: Guidance on off-sales and compliance with restriction regulations Published Date: 04/06/2020

Guidance on off-sales and compliance with restriction regulations produced by a coalition of experts including the Institute of Licensing. This guidance provides practical guidance and a comprehensive list of FAQs for the trade and licensing authorities to assist with navigating the off sales legalities.

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Air Quality Strategy to Reduce Coronavirus infection - APPG Published Date: 04/06/2020

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Air Quality has published its Air Quality Strategy including provisions relevant to taxi and PH licensing.

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COVID-19: Study to investigate COVID-19 impact on gamblers Published Date: 03/06/2020

A new study has been launched to understand how the COVID-19 lockdown has impacted gambling behaviour, including among potentially ‘high risk’ groups.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Restrictions on Movement and Business Closures UPDATED Published Date: 01/06/2020

IoL President James Button looks at the Lockdown Regulations as amended from 1st June.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: New and updated Guidance to support the latest lockdown relaxations in England Published Date: 01/06/2020

Following further relaxation of the lockdown restrictions, people are now able to exercise outside with up to five others from different households from today (Monday 1 June), provided that strict social distancing guidelines are followed. It has also been announced that extremely vulnerable people who have been “shielding” in England can now safely spend time outdoors. Updated guidance and FAQs have been published to support these developments.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Northern Ireland Economy Minister announces re-opening plan for hotels and other tourist accommodation Published Date: 01/06/2020

Northern Ireland Economy Minister Diane Dodds has announced plans to allow hotels and other tourist accommodation to re-open from 20 July 2020.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 31/05/2020

The latest Health Protection amendment regulations have been published and due to come into force on 1 June 2020.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: PM: Six people can meet outside under new measures to ease lockdown Published Date: 29/05/2020

PM Boris Johnson has announced that groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors in England from Monday 1 June, provided strict social distancing guidelines are followed.

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Scottish Courts and Tribunals buildings - plans to reopen next week Published Date: 29/05/2020

Following the Scottish Government’s announcement yesterday, arrangements are being put in place to reopen courts and tribunals buildings next week as part of Phase 1 of the Scottish Government Covid-19 Routemap.

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CPNI security advice notes Published Date: 28/05/2020

The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure has issued guidance notes dealing with protection and security issues as restrictions are lifted.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Pubs could open ‘sooner than July’ Published Date: 28/05/2020

Prime minister ‘optimistic’ that bars may reopen with reduced social distancing restrictions.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Police step back from action against restriction Regulations Published Date: 28/05/2020

It has been reported that the police are “retreating” from lockdown enforcement and will now only break up large gatherings.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Scotland’s lockdown begins to ease in Phase 1 Published Date: 28/05/2020

Changes to Scotland’s lockdown restrictions have been confirmed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon with some restrictions easing from Friday 29th May.

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COVID-19 Licensing issues: Prime Minister sets out timeline for retail to reopen in June Published Date: 25/05/2020

Outdoor markets and car showrooms in England will open from 1 June (subject to meeting secure guidelines) and all other non-essential retail are expected to re-open from 15 June subject to guidelines and providing the Government tests on the COVID-19 position are met. Hairdressers, nail bars and beauty salons, and the hospitality sector, remain closed at this stage.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Government announces £50 million boost to support high street recovery Published Date: 25/05/2020

A new £50 million fund for councils to support their local high streets get safely back to business has been announced by High Streets Minister Simon Clarke (24 May 2020). The Reopening High Streets Safely Fund will help councils in England introduce a range of safety measures in a move to get people back to work and customers back to the shops.

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£10m national gambling education and support programme launched in the UK Published Date: 24/05/2020

The launch of a £10 million independent gambling education initiative intended to equip a generation of young people to better understand the risks associated with gambling and engage with gambling products and environments in an informed way, has been announced.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: ‘Al fresco’ pubs and dining to help with recovery Published Date: 23/05/2020

It has been reported that the Government is looking at a "blanket permission" for restaurants and cafes to make use of public spaces.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Interest in online casinos at an all-time high Published Date: 23/05/2020

Search interest in online casinos has hit an all-time high in the UK since lockdown began.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: 30,000 pubs and restaurants 'may not reopen after lockdown' Published Date: 23/05/2020

Research by data and insight consultancy CGA has suggested that as many as 30,000 pubs and restaurants may not open once lockdown restrictions are lifted.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Scotland's route map for moving out of lockdown Published Date: 21/05/2020

The Scottish Government has published its route map setting out a phased approach to easing lockdown restrictions while still suppressing coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Pub licence revoked for breach of lockdown rules Published Date: 20/05/2020

The Pendulum pub in Pendeford, Wolverhampton has had its premises licence revoked in summary review proceedings brought by West Midlands Police for breaking the coronavirus lockdown provisions.

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‘Sobriety tags’ come into force Published Date: 20/05/2020

Criminals who commit ‘alcohol-fuelled crime’ may be banned from drinking and made to wear ‘sobriety tags’ after new legislation comes into force on 19 May 2020.

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Gambling Commission instructs tighter measures to protect consumers during lockdown Published Date: 20/05/2020

The Gambling Commission has issued new customer interaction guidance for remote operators to interact with consumers at risk of harm.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: UKH calls on Government to be #FAIR4Hospitality and support the sector’s roadmap to restart Published Date: 20/05/2020

Government at Westminster, Holyrood and Cardiff must invest in a fair and timely return for hospitality this summer, for the benefit of local communities, peoples’ jobs, national wellbeing and the British economy. That’s the central message of a new campaign by trade body UKHospitality to highlight that businesses are ready to reopen in a safe and sustainable way given the right government support.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Government Taskforces to look at re-opening guidelines for closed businesses Published Date: 14/05/2020

Five ministerially-led ‘taskforces’ will look at guidelines to support re-opening of businesses currently closed.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Further amendment to lockdown regulations and guidance Published Date: 13/05/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 come into force on 13 May 2020 and amend the the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020. The Guidance 'Closing certain businesses and venues in England' has also been updated to reflect the changes to the Regulations.

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Government remains committed to taxi guidance Published Date: 13/05/2020

The Government has said it remains committed to publishing the taxi statutory guidance “shortly”.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Thousands of pubs could permanently close Published Date: 13/05/2020

The British Beer and Pub Association has warned that up to 14,000 pubs might close if they do not open by the end of September'.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Scottish Government funds study into how pubs could open Published Date: 13/05/2020

A new health focused University of Stirling study is seeking to understand how the easing of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on licensed premises can be effectively managed to protect emergency services.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Covid 19 and its impact on gambling Published Date: 13/05/2020

The Gambling Commission said the lockdown has brought “significant consumer behavioural change and major impacts on the gambling industry.”

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Updated DfT Taxis and PHV guidance Published Date: 13/05/2020

The Department for Transport has issued updated guidance following the Governments relaxation of restrictions.

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Covid’s Metamorphoses: The Future of the Social Economy Published Date: 12/05/2020

In this article Philip Kolvin QC and Alicia Scholer give their views on the long-term impact of Covid-19 on the future of the social economy.

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COVID-19 Licensing issues: PM announces first stage of lockdown relaxation in COVID-19 'conditional plan' for England Published Date: 11/05/2020

Under the first stages of relaxing the lockdown, daily excercise will be unlimited (from Wednesday 13th May), workers unable to work from home will be encouraged to return to work, and there are promises of further relaxation (stages two and three) including the possibility of some hospitality and other public places re-opening from 1 July 'if and only if the numbers support it' and with social distancing in place.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Industry bodies respond to PM announcments on lockdown modifications and relaxation plan Published Date: 11/05/2020

Industry bodies have reacted quickly following the announcements by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson last night (10 May).

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Government publishes Recovery Strategy Published Date: 11/05/2020

The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy as presented to Parliament by the Prime Minister has been published.

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Prohibition order for Ibstock pub after drinkers found in cellar Published Date: 07/05/2020

A pub landlord that breached Coronavirus regulations eight times since the end of March has been served a prohibition notice by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC).

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: 'Closing certain businesses and venues in England' guidelines updated Published Date: 04/05/2020

There have been updates to the 'Closing certain businesses and venues in England' guidelines to further clarify the requirements of The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020. The Designation letter has also been updated, as well as the social distancing guidelines.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: DfT Taxi and PHV data collection survey postponed Published Date: 04/05/2020

The Department for Transport postpones annual taxi and PH statistical survey.

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Pub served prohibition notice for "hiding customers in cupboards" Published Date: 04/05/2020

A South Yorkshire Pub has been issued with a prohibition notice after it was reported that customers were hiding in cupboards.

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Travelling Funfairs (Licensing) (Scotland) Bill Published Date: 04/05/2020

The Bill introduced on 29 April 2020 would require operators of travelling funfairs in Scotland to have a public entertainment licence.

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Uber launches Real Time ID Check for drivers in the UK Published Date: 04/05/2020

Uber have launched a service that will allow passengers to get real time information about licensed drivers.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: NPHTA and PHTM campaign in favour of protective screens in licensed PHVs and taxis Published Date: 04/05/2020

The National Private Hire and Taxi Association (NPHTA), in conjunction with the national trade newspaper Private Hire and Taxi Monthly (PHTM) have written to local authorities urging them to allow protective screens in licensed taxi and private hire vehicles during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: £14 million financial support for England’s zoos and aquariums Published Date: 04/05/2020

The Government has announced a £14 million suport fund for zoos and aquariums in the latest step to protect businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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IoL member survey to gather views on the APBGG Reivew of the Gambling Act Published Date: 04/05/2020

Following the announcement that the Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group (APBGG) has launched a review of the Gambling Act 2005, IoL members are asked to submit their views to the IoL via an online survey.

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Pubs Code Adjudicator has reported on its support for Tied Pub Tenants in relation to COVID-19 Published Date: 01/05/2020

The PCA has reported on its ongoing engagement with the regulated pub-owning businesses about how they are supporting their tenants in line with Pubs Code obligations.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Mayor launches new fund to support London’s at risk culture Published Date: 30/04/2020

Sadiq launches £2.3m Culture at Risk Business Support Fund to support London’s creative and cultural industries at risk due to the impact of the coronavirus.  Support will be given to grassroots music venues, LGBTQ+ venues, artist workspaces and independent cinemas across the capital, while the Mayor calls on Government to do more to secure the sector’s future

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Restrictions on Movement and Business Closures (updated) Published Date: 30/04/2020

IoL President James Button updates his detailed look at the Regulations restricting movement and requiring businesses to close across England and Wales to take account of the amendments to the regulations in both England and Wales. Template prohibition notices also provided to assist Regulators in the absence of any prescribed forms.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Late night levy in lockdown Published Date: 30/04/2020

Cornerstone Barristers’ Philip Kolvin QC and Clare Eames, a partner at licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen, give their take on late-night levy charges, which are payments for nothing during the coronavirus lockdown.

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The Secretary of State has appointed four new Commissioners to the Gambling Commission. Published Date: 30/04/2020

Terry Babbs, Brian Bannister, Jo Hill and Sir Martin Narey have been appointed by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as Commissioners of the Gambling Commission for five years from 30th April 2020.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Call for evidence - Impact of Covid-19 on cultural sector Published Date: 29/04/2020

The DCMS Select Committee has issued a call for evidence on impact of COVID-19 on the cultural sector.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Gambling Commission boosts gambling harm treatment services during Covid-19 Published Date: 29/04/2020

The Gambling Commission has committed £9million in finding to boots gambling support and help services during the coronavirus (Covid19) outbreak.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: IoL Protocol Updated (28 April 2020) Published Date: 28/04/2020

The IoL's 'Protocol for Licence Applications and Hearings under the Licensing Act 2003 during the COVID-19 Pandemic' has been updated to reflect the new hearnings regulations for Wales.

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Black Cab group fail in JR over Uber decision Published Date: 26/04/2020

London taxi drivers in London have failed to overturn a TfL decision to let Uber continue to operate.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Taxi drivers face 'financial ruin' without government help – MP Published Date: 26/04/2020

The MP for Eltham has written to the Transport Minister urging him to take measures to save taxi drivers from "financial ruin".

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Pubs ‘to open last’ in UK lockdown Published Date: 26/04/2020

It has been reported that pubs and outdoor spaces will be last to open when the Government lifts the current Covid-19 lockdown.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: The Department of Health letter to employers re coronavirus testing for essential workers Published Date: 26/04/2020

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP, has written to employers confirming that testing is now available, in England and Scotland initially, for essential workers with symptoms, and people who live with essential workers and have symptoms.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Looking beyond lockdown in Scotland and Wales Published Date: 26/04/2020

The Scotland and Wales Governments have published frameworks for easing the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: The Local Authorities (Coronavirus) (Meetings) (Wales) Regulations 2020 published Published Date: 24/04/2020

The Local Authorities (Coronavirus) (Meetings) (Wales) Regulations 2020 have been published, making provision in relation to local authority meetings, and the publication of and access to certain local authority documents.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Revised coronavirus rules for Wales unveiled Published Date: 24/04/2020

The stay-at-home regulations have been revised in Wales to continue to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Lifting the lock-down and why we must get this right  Published Date: 23/04/2020

Daniel Davies, Institute of Licensing Chairman and CEO of Rockpoint Leisure, explains why it is essential that the emergence from the current lock-down position is managed effectively with a trade off between public health and economic health that will command broad public support.

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The Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group launches its Review of the Gambling Act 2005 Published Date: 23/04/2020

Pre-empting the review to be launched by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport at some time in the future, the only All Party Group to support the whole UK gambling industry launches its own review, to ensure an evidence-based submission can be submitted to the government. All industry stakeholders are invited to contribute.

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Committee launches inquiry on problem gambling Published Date: 23/04/2020

The Public Accounts Committee has announced an inquiry into the February 2020 report by the National Audit Office into ‘Gambling regulation: problem gambling and protecting vulnerable people.’

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: UK Hospitality say 1m hospitality jobs at risk without reopening plan Published Date: 23/04/2020

An extended period of social distancing measures could cost one million jobs unless measures to protect hospitality businesses are put in place, according to UKHospitality.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: New measures to protect companies from aggressive rent collection and closure Published Date: 23/04/2020

High street shops and other companies under strain will be protected from aggressive rent collection and asked to pay what they can during the coronavirus pandemic.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Amendments to the Coronavirus, Restrictions Regulations published Published Date: 22/04/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 came into force at 11am today (22 April 2020). Changes to Regulation 6(1) of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 now mean that it is prohibited to be outside of your home without a reasonable excuse, even if you left your home with one.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: NTIA to challenge Insurers for failure to honour business interruption policies Published Date: 22/04/2020

The Night Time Industries Association has today announced that it will be coordinating claims against Hiscox Insurance for its refusal to pay out under its business interruption policy.

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Government urges gambling industry to tackle risks of problem gambling during coronavirus outbreak Published Date: 21/04/2020

Culture Minister Nigel Huddleston has urged the gambling sector to do all it can to tackle any heightened risk of problem gambling during the coronavirus lockdown, today.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: CFSG advice for animal related businesses and local authorities Published Date: 20/04/2020

The Canine & Feline Sector Group (CFSG) has produced guidance for pet businesses and local authorities about how they can operate safely and legally during the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Bill to introduce licensing of pedicabs Published Date: 20/04/2020

The MP for the Cities of London and Westminster is to introduce a 10-minute rule bill in an attempt to introduce the regulation of pedicabs in the capital.

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COVID-10 Licensing Issues - IoL Protocol updated to include remote hearings Annex and more info on fees and the levy Published Date: 20/04/2020

The IoL's 'Protocol for Licence Applications & Hearings under the Licensing Act 2003 During the COVID-19 Pandemic' has been updated to include a new Annex  on remote hearings and to provide more information in relation to annual fees and the late night levy.

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COVID-19: Letter from the Local Government Minister to councils setting out further details of additional funding Published Date: 20/04/2020

The letter thanks councils for their efforts responding to the coronavirus pandemic and provides further details on the support the government is providing to local authorities.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Dft advise licensing authorities to consider ways to support the taxi and private hire trade Published Date: 20/04/2020

A communication from the DfT today (20 April 2020), highlights the temporary provisions for bus and lorry drivers aged 45 and over to forego the need for a D4 medical in order to renew their driving entitlement and advises licensing authorities to consider ways to support the taxi and private hire trade to continue to operate and provide essential travel.

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COVID-19 - Licensing Issues: NPCC and College of Policing: latest frontline policing updates Published Date: 16/04/2020

A series of guides and briefings have been provided by the NPCC and College of Policing for frontline police officers to assist them in supporting the public health response to COVID-19.

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Covid-19 Licensing Issues: How to join telephone and video hearings during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Published Date: 14/04/2020

HM Courts & Tribunals Service have provided an online guide for those asked to join a hearing by telephone or video using BT MeetMe, Skype for Business or Cloud Video Platform (CVP) during the coronavirus outbreak

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Covid-19 Licensing Issues: Defra amendments to mandatory reporting Published Date: 14/04/2020

DEFRA have announced changes to the statutory requirement to upload taxi and PH data.

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Covid19 Licensing Issues: LGA note on approaches to managing licensing during the COVID-19 pandemic Published Date: 12/04/2020

The LGA has issued guidance on managing licensing and related issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Home Office urges collaboration, communication and pragmatism from local authorities Published Date: 08/04/2020

Kit Malthouse MP, Minister of State for Crime and Policing has written to local authority Licensing Committee Chairs across England and Wales recognising the difficulties faced by regulators and businesses and urging a collaborative and pragmatic approach to minimise damage to both businesses and the licensing objectives.

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IoL Protocol updated to incorporate Ministerial letter to Licensing Committee Chairs Published Date: 08/04/2020

The IoL has updated it's 'Protocol for licence applications & hearings under the Licensing Act 2003 during the COVID-19 pandemic' to incorporate the advice to Licensing Authorities set out in a Ministerial letter from Kit Malthouse MP, Minister of State for Crime and Policing, to Chairs of Licensing Committees dated 8 April 2020.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: DfT say Taxi / PH driver licensing remains a matter for licensing authorities Published Date: 08/04/2020

DfT officials have circulated a number of useful links, and on the matter of driver licensing state that they are reviewing the Group 2 medical requirements but that the licensing of taxi and private hire drivers remains a matter for licensing authorities.

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Covid-19 Licensing Issues: Home Office cancels local authority alcohol and late night refreshement returns Published Date: 08/04/2020

The Home Office has cancelled the 2019/20 alcohol and late-night refreshment data collection from local authorities.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues. Coronavirus Restrictions: local authority enforcement powers - narrower than you might think Published Date: 08/04/2020

Do local authority officers, authorised under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 have the power to enforce all the rules under those regulations, including those relating to movement of people and gatherings? Some say they do. Horatio Waller explains why he disagrees.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues - NPCC / College of Policing Brief on The Coronavirus Act and Regulations Published Date: 07/04/2020

The College of Policing and NPCC have published briefs covering the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations (reconciling powers in relation to business closures with powers to disperse gatherings and restrictions on movement), and the Coronavirus Act which provides powers relating to potentially infectious persons and powers to the Secretary of State to issue directions relating to events, gatherings and premises.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020: What does this mean for licensees? Published Date: 06/04/2020

The Bill for this Act of the Scottish Parliament received Royal Assent on 6th April 2020. Caroline Louden and Niall Hassard explain what it means for licensees.

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COVID-19 Licensing issues: MHCLG letter to local authorities explaining regulations made under the Coronavirus Act Published Date: 06/04/2020

A letter has been sent from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to local authority chief executives explaining two sets of regulations made under the Coronavirus Act 2020.

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IoL Protocol for licence applications & hearings under the Licensing Act 2003 during the COVID-19 pandemic Published Date: 02/04/2020

The Institute of Licensing has published a Protocol designed to assist licensing authorities in complying with their obligations and duties under the Licensing Act 2003 during this emergency period. It covers applications involving alcohol, entertainment and late night refreshment.

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Covid19 Licensing Issues – Remote hearing Regulations published Published Date: 02/04/2020

The Secretary of State has published the necessary regulations relating to the ability for local authorities to conduct hearings remotely.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues - Gambling Commission Postpones Local Authority Returns Published Date: 31/03/2020

The Gambling Commission has postponed this year’s local authority returns in light of Covid-19.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues – changes to right to work checks Published Date: 31/03/2020

The Home Office has announced temporary changes to right to work checks in response to Covid-19.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Insurance matters Published Date: 31/03/2020

As the Government measures to combat COVID-19 requires many premises and businesses across the country to close (or at least to subtantially change their business model), many industry are relying on insurance policies to protect them in these unprecedented times but the position is not straightforward. IoL Patron Philip Kolvin QC explains.

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Further DEFRA guidance published Published Date: 30/03/2020

DEFRA has published further Animal Welfare Regulations guidance for local authority inspectors in England.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues - OPSS Update to Local Authorities in England on business closure enforcement Published Date: 30/03/2020

The Office for Product Safety and Standards has written to local authorities providing updated guidance on the restriction Regulations.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Restrictions on Movement and Business Closures Published Date: 30/03/2020

IoL President James Button has updated his previous article following further changes to the relevant regulations in England and Wales. This article takes a detailed look at the regulations which impose the most stringent restrictions ever applied to daily lives and business, and examines them in detail. Template prohibition notices are also provided to assist Regulators in the absence of any prescribed forms.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues - Closure of Businesses and Venues - Guidance updated to reflect Regulations Published Date: 28/03/2020

Another update to the guidance 'Closing certain businesses and venues', this time to the 'compliance' section, to reflect the updated Regulations now in force in England, Scotland and Wales.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Priority courts to make sure justice is served Published Date: 27/03/2020

A network of priority courts will remain open during the coronavirus pandemic to make sure the justice system continues to operate effectively, while other 'staffed courts' will support video and telephone hearings.

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COVID 19 Licensing Issues - College of Policing guide to The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 27/03/2020

The College of Policing guide summarises the requirements of the Regulations and the police approach to enforcement as CEO requests that everyone supports the police by staying at home 'at this critical time'.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Premises Closures Explained Published Date: 27/03/2020

Following the announcements and subsequent Regulations regarding premises closures, IoL President James Button sets out the position in detail. The orginal article (23 March) has been updated (27 March)  following changes to the Regulations.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues - Lockdown Regulations published Published Date: 26/03/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 have been published.

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COVID-19 Licensing issues: Coronavirus Act 2020 now in force and further updates to the Businesses and premises closures guidance (26 March) Published Date: 26/03/2020

The Coronavirus Act 2020 has now become law and is available online. There have also been further updates to the Business and premises guidance published today (26 March)

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The Journal of Licensing - available online Published Date: 26/03/2020

In these challenging times, we are delighted to bring you the latest Journal of Licensing, now available online for access by all licensing practitioners.

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COVID-19 Licensing issues: MOTs for cars, vans and motorcycles due from 30 March 2020 to be extended Published Date: 25/03/2020

Latest Government guidance indicates that from 30 March 2020, MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans will be extended by 6 months. This is being done to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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Remote licensing hearings are lawful Published Date: 25/03/2020

Philip Kolvin QC, Patron of the Institute of Licensing addresses any lingering doubts as to whether it is lawful for licensing hearings to be conducted remotely.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Scottish Government issues guidance for business on COVID-19 social distancing and closures Published Date: 25/03/2020

The Scottish Government has published guidance for businesses in Scotland on social distancing, including the closure of all retailers that sell non-essential goods and other non-essential premises due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues - Guidance and advice for those providing hotel and other accommodation in the UK Published Date: 25/03/2020

Luke Hall MP, Minister for Local Government and Homelessness has written to local authorities on hotel closures clarifying exemptions for keyworkers and homeless. The letter urges anyone who has closed services for homeless people as a result of the measures announced this week, to reopen as soon as possible.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues - Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Published Date: 25/03/2020

The current COVID-19 pandemic and necessary social restrictions present a fast changing legislative landscape. IoL President James Button, updates his previous article looking at the position of drivers carrying passengers, and also considers vehicle MOT's and licence renewals.

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COVID-19 Licensing issues: Businesses and premises closures: guidance updated (25 March) Published Date: 25/03/2020

The guidance on business and premises closures has been updated with a more detailed list of closures and exceptions. The guidance states that 'Off-licences and licenced shops selling alcohol, including those within breweries' can remain open.

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Future of transport regulatory review: DfT call for evidence Published Date: 25/03/2020

The Department for Transport has issued a call for evidence asking for information and views on 3 areas of the ‘Future of transport regulatory review’ including taxis and private hire.

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COVID-19 Licensing issues: Taxis and PHVs – DfT advice Published Date: 25/03/2020

The Department for Transport has provided an update on the status of taxi & PH vehicles.

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COVID-19 - Further businesses and premises to close as PM instructs Britain: 'you must stay at home' Published Date: 24/03/2020

All non-essential retail premises to close as Prime Minister Boris Johnson says: 'I must give the British people a very simple instruction - you must stay at home'. The restrictions will be in place for at least 3 weeks following the announcement during the PM's live broadcast on the evening of 23rd March. The Guidance to accompany the announcement has also been published. Updated 24th March 2020.

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VE and VJ Day extensions shelved in light of COVID-19 restrictions Published Date: 24/03/2020

Plans for extended hours in May and August for the VE and VJ celebrations will be shelved in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing measures.

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New regulations created by Secretary of State for business closure (COVID-19) will be enforced by local authorities. Published Date: 23/03/2020

Local government will be responsible for enforcing regulations requiring those businesses asked to close on 20 March 2020, in new guidance issued today, 22 March 2020.

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Lottery proceeds to go up in April Published Date: 23/03/2020

Statutory limits for lottery proceeds to be raised from 7 April this year.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues. Virtual local authority meetings: Coronavirus Bill amended, ruling out uncertainty Published Date: 23/03/2020

An additional clause added to Coronavirus Bill will clear any ambiguity and expressly permit virtual licensing hearings as Charles Holland explains.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues - Regulations to enforce closure of premises Published Date: 21/03/2020

At 2pm on Saturday 21st March 2020, The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020 (attached) came into immediate force. Made under Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984. The Government has produced guidance for businesses and other venues subject to the social distancing measures (link provided within full article).

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All UK bars and pubs to shut Published Date: 20/03/2020

The Government has ordered all UK pubs and restaurants to close "as soon as they reasonably can".

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What licence is needed to deliver alcohol? Published Date: 20/03/2020

“What licence do you need to deliver alcohol?” may now be of urgent interest to many operators, and Charles Hollands has provided his views on the question.

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Lucy's Law will come into force from 6 April 2020 Published Date: 19/03/2020

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 [SI 2019/1093] comes into force next month, and Sarah Clover has provided a briefing note to assist Local Authorities.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Lord Chief Justice urges hearings to continue remotely Published Date: 19/03/2020

In an urgent Message issued today, 19 March 2020, the Lord  Chief Justice has issued guidance to all civil courts and tribunals on the administration of justice during the coronavirus pandemic.

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COVID-19 Licensing issues: Licensing hearings during the coronavirus crisis Published Date: 18/03/2020

Gary Grant, Vice-Chairman of the Institute of Licensing give us his thoughts on licensing hearings during the current COVID-19 crisis.

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COVID-19 Licensing issues - Can Hackney carriage and private hire drivers refuse to carry certain passengers through fear of infection? Published Date: 18/03/2020

James Button, Institute of Licensing President looks at the issue of driver safety and refusal to carry passengers during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Institute of Licensing announcement re COVID-19 Published Date: 17/03/2020

The Institute of Licensing responds to Government recommendations on social distancing.

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Hospitality and events industries may lose up to 3.2 million jobs without Government action Published Date: 17/03/2020

The Night Time Industries Association, Association of Independent Festivals and industry operators have released a media statement in light of the Government’s social distancing advice.

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Hull bar prosecuted for no licence and forgery Published Date: 17/03/2020

A Hull based bar has been prosecuted for carrying on licensable activities without a licence after failing to submit TEN and forging a premises licence.

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Do not visit your pub – Government Published Date: 17/03/2020

Government urge people not to go to their local bars, pubs and other leisure venues as a measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Lucy’s Law: Vets reveal the true cost of puppy and kitten farms Published Date: 09/03/2020

The Government has launched a new campaign urging the public to beware of unscrupulous pet sellers. This follows relevations that buying a pet from a low-welfare breeder could cost pet owners an extra £5,000 in vet bills over just 12 months.

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No-alcohol beer on tap ‘in all Bristol pubs’ Published Date: 09/03/2020

Bristol could become the first city in the country to require pubs to sell alcohol-free beer on draught in a drive to improve drinkers’ health.

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Council successfully prosecutes kennel owners Published Date: 09/03/2020

A local dog boarding kennels in Blymhill near Shifnal has been successfully prosecuted by South Staffordshire Council after it was found to be in breach of the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963 during an inspection.

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East Devon working closely with Taxi & PH trade to promote the benefits of a healthier lifestyle Published Date: 09/03/2020

East Devon District Council has identified a reduction in the number of licensed taxi drivers over the past four years, which can be attributed to a variety of factors.

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Banned from selling animals after being caught without a licence Published Date: 27/02/2020

A man has been banned from selling animals for four years and ordered to pay more than £1,000 for failing to have licence to run a pet shop.

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Daniel Davies' term as IoL Chairman extended for a further 3 years Published Date: 27/02/2020

The Institute of Licensing (IoL), the professional body for licensing professionals, has extended Daniel Davies’ term as chairman.

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Government to consult on further licensing relaxation Published Date: 27/02/2020

The Government has announced plans to consult on relaxed hours to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan (VJ) Day.

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MUP in Wales set to come into force Published Date: 27/02/2020

The Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Act 2018 is set to come into force on 2 March 2020.

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DEFRA reminder to submit data Published Date: 27/02/2020

DEFRA has reminded licensing authorities to submit taxi and private hire data in accordance with the Air Quality (Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles Database) (England and Wales) Regulations 2019.

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Ashford taxi prosecutions Published Date: 26/02/2020

Ashford Borough Council successfully prosecute taxi drivers for refusing to take visually impaired passenger and their assistance dog outside railway station.

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Call for new measures to help improve taxi safety Published Date: 24/02/2020

Councillors at Vale of Horse District Council and South Oxfordshire District Council have unanimously backed a motion calling on the government to introduce new measures designed to improve safety standards for taxis.

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Institute response to Commission on Alcohol Harms call for evidence Published Date: 21/02/2020

The Commission on Alcohol Harm has issued a call for evidence to support an inquiry into the effects of alcohol on society.

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Institute response to consultation on the regulation of gambling in Northern Ireland Published Date: 21/02/2020

The Institute of Licensing has issued its response to the consultation on the regulation of gambling in Northern Ireland.

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DEFRA issue 3rd party sales guidance Published Date: 20/02/2020

DEFRA has updated guidance to reflect the changes due to come in to force on 6 April 2020.

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Dog breeders urged to check licence requirements Published Date: 19/02/2020

DOG breeders in Copeland are being urged to check they have a valid licence.

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PASS Card consulting on Digital Proof of Age Published Date: 17/02/2020

PASS is leading a consultation with retailers, proof of age providers, enforcement bodies and consumers to find a common solution to acceptance of digital proof of age.

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“Historic” Birmingham music venue granted premises licence Published Date: 17/02/2020

Carling Academy in Dale End, Birmingham was granted a premises licence despite objections from West Midlands Police.

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“Historic” Birmingham music venue granted premises licence Published Date: 17/02/2020

Carling Academy in Dale End, Birmingham was granted a premises licence despite objections from West Midlands Police.

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Driver prosecuted for illegally plying for hire Cheltenham races Published Date: 13/02/2020

A Wolverhampton City Council licensed driver was successfully prosecuted for unlawfully plying for hire during Cheltenham Festival 2019.

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Pub hours extended to mark 75th anniversary of VE Day Published Date: 13/02/2020

The Home Secretary has confirmed pubs in England and Wales will be able to open for longer to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day.

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Calls for licensed hand car washes Published Date: 13/02/2020

The Government has been called on to introduce licensing for car washes.

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New National Pubwatch film: Door Security and Search Procedures Published Date: 11/02/2020

National Pubwatch have announced the release of their latest film

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MPs call for tax cuts to save their local pubs Published Date: 09/02/2020

MPs are calling on the government to reduce the tax burden on pubs and breweries in next month's Budget as reported by the BBC.

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DfT questioned on statutory guidance Published Date: 09/02/2020

The Department of Transport has been questioned on the status of the statutory guidance.

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Gambling firms questioned on safer gambling commitments Published Date: 09/02/2020

Select Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry takes evidence from the chief executives of the UK's biggest gambling firms.

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Institute of Licensing’s Guidance on determining suitability of applicants and licensees in the hackney and private hire trades. Published Date: 06/02/2020

IoL responds to industry critcism of guidance

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£600,000 fine for illegal dog breeders Published Date: 05/02/2020

A mother and daughter who bred dogs illegally, rearing at least 193 litters, have been ordered to pay back more than £600,000 by Southampton Crown Court.

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Joint Statement regarding Scrap Metal Dealers Association and the National Metal Agency Published Date: 31/01/2020

A joint statement from the IoL, LGA, NALEO, BMRA and VRA

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New local public health approach to reduce gambling harm in North West Published Date: 30/01/2020

The Gambling Commission has welcomed the launch of a new local public health pathfinder to reduce gambling harms in the North West of England.

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Restaurant licences suspended due to illegal working on premises Published Date: 30/01/2020

Following applications made by the Home Office (Immigration Enforcement), two restaurants in Chippenham and Pewsey have had licenses suspended.

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Drivers prosecuted for illegally plying for hire Published Date: 29/01/2020

Three drivers have been successfully prosecuted for unlawfully plying for hire during Cheltenham Festival 2019.

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Gambling Commission setup gambling harm working groups Published Date: 29/01/2020

Gambling Commission announced the formation of three industry working groups to tackle key challenges as part of a drive to make gambling safer.

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Drinkaware launches refreshed workplace training Published Date: 29/01/2020

Alcohol education charity Drinkaware is launching a refreshed adaptation of its health, safety and wellbeing training, Drinkaware at Work.

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Licensee ordered to pay over £18,000 for illegally screening Sky Sports Published Date: 23/01/2020

On Monday 20th January 2020, Mr. Thomas Conneely of the Dick Whittington was convicted in his absence of three offences of dishonest reception of a television transmission.

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“No alcohol strategy” – Home Office confirms Published Date: 22/01/2020

The Government has confirmed that it is not planning to publish an alcohol strategy.

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Stormont urged to ban breeders Published Date: 14/01/2020

Members of Belfast City Council have called on Stormont to ban the sale of puppies and kittens from unregistered breeders.

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Essex becomes latest to adopt night-time safety scheme Published Date: 13/01/2020

Alcohol education charity Drinkaware starts 2020 with a third partner committing to its recently-launched Nightlife Crew training.

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Taxi driver fined and banned for flouting licensing laws Published Date: 13/01/2020

A taxi driver who flouted the law by driving nearly 200 bookings despite not having a valid licence has been fined £1,582 and banned from driving for 12 months by Chesterfield Magistrates.

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‘Martyn’s law’ wins government backing Published Date: 13/01/2020

The Government has pledged support for ‘Martyn’s law’.

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Drop in licensing FPNs Published Date: 09/01/2020

Government statistics shows a drop in the number of FPNs issued for licensing offences.

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Licensing appeal fee reduced Published Date: 08/01/2020

The fee payable to lodge an appeal under the Licensing Act 2003 has been reduced.

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New commissionNew commission on Alcohol Harm on Alcohol Harm Published Date: 07/01/2020

A new commission, Commission for Alcohol Harm, has been setup to examine the current evidence on alcohol harm.

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'White Collar Boxing' - Survey and media enquiry Published Date: 07/01/2020

The Institute is asking member’s view on the licensing of 'White Collar Boxing'.

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LGA warning over fake alcohol Published Date: 07/01/2020

The Local Government Association has issued a warning following council seizures of counterfeit vodka from shops and storage facilities.

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Taxi enforcement in Milton Keynes Published Date: 07/01/2020

Taxi licensing officers at MK Council joined forces with Thames Valley Police on a safety operation in December.

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Institute recognised in Minister’s letter to licensing authorities Published Date: 24/12/2019

The Institute of Licensing’s work to promote consistency between licensing and planning has been recognised by the Minister of State for Crime, Policing and the Fire Service.

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A pA private hire vehicle proprietor convicted of fraud rivate hire vehicle proprietor convicted of fraud Published Date: 24/12/2019

A private hire vehicle proprietor convicted of fraud for faking insurance documents in a bid to save £90,000 - but this left his fleet of around 18 cars uninsured.

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Gambling Commission consults on society lottery reform Published Date: 24/12/2019

The Gambling Commission has launched a consultation on society lottery reform.

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LGA warns lives at risk from unlicensed festive lifts Published Date: 23/12/2019

Party-goers should avoid using unlicensed cabs and illegal commercial “lifts” offered on social media warns the Local Government Association.

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Council first in the UK to strip pub of gaming machines Published Date: 17/12/2019

Redbridge Council has become the first local authority in the country to strip a pub of its gaming machine licence after it repeatedly failed to stop children playing on them.

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Taxi driver prosecuted after Trafford Council enforcement operation Published Date: 17/12/2019

A taxi driver who was caught breaking the law during a Trafford Council licensing enforcement operation has been fined in court.

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DEFRA Taxi and PHV Database - New Burdens Payment Clarification Published Date: 17/12/2019

Licensing authorities would have received an email from DEFRA seeking information on new burden payments in respect of the requirement to upload data to DEFRA.

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Is your licensing authority using the NR3 database for taxi and private hire licensing? Published Date: 13/12/2019

There is concern that some councils are not using the NR3 database, which is currently the only means of sharing data about revocations and refusals of licences

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UK pub sector grows for first time in a decade Published Date: 11/12/2019

Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures have indicated that there was growth in the pub sector for the first time since 2009.

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IoL Chair wins national award Published Date: 11/12/2019

Institute of Licensing’s chairman, Daniel Davies, has won a national award for his work as IoL chair and regeneration of New Brighton.

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Wakefield Taxi Fees Case update Published Date: 11/12/2019

Court rules that enforcement costs CAN be recovered through licence fees but that there can be no cross-subsidy between licensing regimes or licence types.

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Businesses 'raise the bar' at awards ceremony Published Date: 10/12/2019

LICENSED premises across Cumbria have ‘raised the bar’ at a prestigious awards ceremony.

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Taxi driver has licence revoked - decision confirmed by Magistrates' Court Published Date: 09/12/2019

A hackney carriage driver has had their appeal against the Council's decision to revoke their driver's licence dismissed by Guildford Magistrates' Court.

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Wakefield taxi fee case back in court Published Date: 02/12/2019

The ongoing legal battle involving taxi fees in Wakefield has reached the Court of Appeal.

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Five drivers prosecuted for illegally plying for hire during races Published Date: 02/12/2019

Five drivers have been successfully prosecuted this week, on Monday 25 November 2019, for unlawfully plying for hire in Cheltenham, during Cheltenham Festival 2019.

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Drinkaware relaunches night-time economy safety scheme Published Date: 27/11/2019

Drinkaware is relaunching its successful Drinkaware Crew scheme with a new name - Nightlife Crew.

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Uber's private hire licence will not be renewed by TfL. Published Date: 25/11/2019

TfL has concluded that it will not grant Uber London Limited (Uber) a new private hire operator's licence in response to its latest application.

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Fines for unlicensed cabbie prosecuted by Folkestone and Hythe District Council Published Date: 25/11/2019

Kevin Rumsey from Elham was ordered to pay more than £2,000 in fines.

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And the winner is…. David Lucas (Winner of the Jeremy Allen Award 2019) Published Date: 22/11/2019

We were delighted to announce David Lucas as winner of the 2019 Jeremy Allen Award. David was presented his award on the evening of 21st November 2019 during the Institutes’ National Training Conference Gala Dinner.

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MUP in Wales confirmed Published Date: 16/11/2019

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” Published Date: 13/11/2019

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 Published Date: 13/11/2019

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 Published Date: 13/11/2019

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 Published Date: 07/11/2019

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 Published Date: 05/11/2019

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 Published Date: 04/11/2019

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 Published Date: 04/11/2019

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 Published Date: 03/11/2019

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 Published Date: 03/11/2019

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 Published Date: 30/10/2019

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 Published Date: 25/10/2019

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 Published Date: 24/10/2019

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

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First fully electric London taxis since 1899 Published Date: 24/10/2019

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 Published Date: 22/10/2019

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 Published Date: 22/10/2019

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

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Significant underage gambling failure rate in pubs Published Date: 22/10/2019

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 Published Date: 22/10/2019

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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Update on Gambling Commission research actions to support the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms Published Date: 21/10/2019

The Gambling Commission has been progressing the delivery of its Research Programme to support the delivery of the National Strategy.

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“Guilty” Plea for Illegal Dog Sales Published Date: 18/10/2019

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 Published Date: 16/10/2019

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 Published Date: 16/10/2019

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 Published Date: 15/10/2019

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 Published Date: 15/10/2019

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 Published Date: 11/10/2019

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 Published Date: 11/10/2019

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 Published Date: 11/10/2019

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” Published Date: 09/10/2019

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 Published Date: 09/10/2019

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 Published Date: 06/10/2019

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 Published Date: 06/10/2019

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 Published Date: 02/10/2019

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 Published Date: 27/09/2019

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 Published Date: 25/09/2019

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 Published Date: 25/09/2019

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

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London Nightclub Loses Licence Published Date: 25/09/2019

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' Published Date: 25/09/2019

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

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Tackling modern slavery – LGA publication Published Date: 25/09/2019

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

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Uber London Limited licensing decision Published Date: 24/09/2019

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

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Lucy's Law confirmed for Scotland Published Date: 22/09/2019

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 Published Date: 22/09/2019

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 Published Date: 18/09/2019

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 Published Date: 18/09/2019

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

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Tattooist licensing – Call for more powers Published Date: 18/09/2019

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 Published Date: 16/09/2019

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 Published Date: 13/09/2019

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 Published Date: 08/09/2019

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

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Gambling Commission set to approves self-exclusion system for problem gamblers Published Date: 05/09/2019

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 Published Date: 05/09/2019

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

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Special TSpecial Treatments: IoL and CIEH joint survey of professionalsreatments: IoL and CIEH joint survey of professionals Published Date: 05/09/2019

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.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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Greater Manchester Common Standards for taxis delayed Published Date: 05/09/2019

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 Published Date: 05/09/2019

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

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Private hire drivers pay the price after being caught in Council sting Published Date: 29/08/2019

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 Published Date: 29/08/2019

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Private Hire driver caught plying for hire in Milton Keynes Published Date: 27/08/2019

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 Published Date: 23/08/2019

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 Published Date: 23/08/2019

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 Published Date: 21/08/2019

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 Published Date: 19/08/2019

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 Published Date: 19/08/2019

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 Published Date: 19/08/2019

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 Published Date: 09/08/2019

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 Published Date: 09/08/2019

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 Published Date: 09/08/2019

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 Published Date: 09/08/2019

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 Published Date: 09/08/2019

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 Published Date: 09/08/2019

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 Published Date: 01/08/2019

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 Published Date: 29/07/2019

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 Published Date: 29/07/2019

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 Published Date: 26/07/2019

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 Published Date: 22/07/2019

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

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Third party sale of puppies and kittens to be banned in Wales Published Date: 18/07/2019

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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National Lottery games under review Published Date: 18/07/2019

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 Published Date: 18/07/2019

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 Published Date: 18/07/2019

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

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Court demands unmet demand survey in Halton council taxi appeal case Published Date: 16/07/2019

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 Published Date: 16/07/2019

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 Published Date: 16/07/2019

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

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Animal Licensing Amendment Regulations Published Date: 14/07/2019

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 Published Date: 08/07/2019

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’ Published Date: 04/07/2019

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 Published Date: 03/07/2019

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 Published Date: 02/07/2019

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 Published Date: 02/07/2019

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 Published Date: 02/07/2019

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 Published Date: 02/07/2019

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 Published Date: 02/07/2019

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 Published Date: 26/06/2019

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 Published Date: 25/06/2019

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 Published Date: 25/06/2019

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 Published Date: 19/06/2019

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 Published Date: 19/06/2019

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 Published Date: 19/06/2019

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 Published Date: 13/06/2019

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 Published Date: 11/06/2019

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 Published Date: 11/06/2019

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 Published Date: 11/06/2019

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 Published Date: 11/06/2019

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 Published Date: 06/06/2019

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 Published Date: 03/06/2019

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 Published Date: 03/06/2019

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

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High Court Rejects We Love Hackney CCO Application in licensing JR Published Date: 02/06/2019

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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NITA report on benefits of events Published Date: 29/05/2019

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 Published Date: 21/05/2019

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 Published Date: 21/05/2019

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 Published Date: 19/05/2019

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 Published Date: 19/05/2019

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 Published Date: 16/05/2019

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 Published Date: 15/05/2019

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 Published Date: 12/05/2019

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 Published Date: 03/05/2019

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 Published Date: 03/05/2019

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 Published Date: 01/05/2019

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 Published Date: 30/04/2019

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 Published Date: 30/04/2019

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 Published Date: 25/04/2019

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 Published Date: 24/04/2019

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 Published Date: 24/04/2019

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 Published Date: 24/04/2019

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 Published Date: 23/04/2019

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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Home Office publication: Child exploitation disruption toolkit Published Date: 23/04/2019

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 Published Date: 22/04/2019

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 Published Date: 17/04/2019

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 Published Date: 15/04/2019

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 Published Date: 12/04/2019

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

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IoL President comment on taxi sexual attacks news Published Date: 11/04/2019

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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DEFRA issue animal licensing advice note Published Date: 11/04/2019

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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Reading premises licence revocation decision upheld Published Date: 08/04/2019

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 Published Date: 04/04/2019

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 Published Date: 02/04/2019

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 Published Date: 02/04/2019

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 Published Date: 01/04/2019

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 Published Date: 01/04/2019

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 Published Date: 01/04/2019

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 Published Date: 29/03/2019

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 Published Date: 27/03/2019

“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 Published Date: 27/03/2019

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 Published Date: 22/03/2019

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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Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee live music report Published Date: 20/03/2019

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 Published Date: 20/03/2019

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

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Charity set up by industry entrepreneur launches “Pinkspiration” initiative Published Date: 20/03/2019

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 Published Date: 20/03/2019

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 Published Date: 20/03/2019

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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NI taxis lowest level in 10 years Published Date: 06/03/2019

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

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New NAFN National Register of Taxi and Private Hire Licence Revocations and Refusals (NR3) Published Date: 01/08/2018

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 Published Date: 09/09/2010

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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Licensee ordered to pay over £18,000 for illegally screening Sky Sports Published Date: 01/01/0001

On Monday 20th January 2020, Mr. Thomas Conneely of the Dick Whittington was convicted in his absence of three offences of dishonest reception of a television transmission.

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NHS tells betting firms to stop 'vicious gambling cycle' Published Date: 01/01/0001

The BBC is reportinThe BBC is reporting that the head of mental health services in England has written to five major gambling companies, demanding urgent action on tackling gambling addiction and its impact on people's health. g that the head of mental health services in England has written to five major gambling companies, demanding urgent action on tackling gambling addiction and its impact on people's health.

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BGC rolls out festive safer gambling campaign Published Date: 01/01/0001

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), the trade association for the UK gambling industry, has launched a new multimedia campaign to promote safer gambling over the festive period.

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Council awarded iESE achievement award for licensing Published Date: 01/01/0001

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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UKHospitality and BBPA launch guidance for tackling under-age gambling in pubs Published Date: 01/01/0001

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) and UKHospitality (UKH) have joined forces to unveil guidance for tackling under-age gambling in pubs.

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Defra notice regarding zoos inspections Published Date: 01/01/0001

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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