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VAT Treatment of Private Hire Vehicles Consultation Published Date: 18/04/2024

Consultation on the potential tax impacts of recent High Court judgments on transport legislation on the private hire vehicle sector and its passengers.

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Unlicensed Taxi driver fined after operating illegally in Reading Published Date: 18/04/2024

AN UNLICENSED taxi driver, who was found to be illegally plying for hire in Reading, has been hit with fines and costs of £2,900 and given eight penalty points on his licence.

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Dad, 32, died from organ failure after getting tattoo in a shed Published Date: 18/04/2024

Ben Larry died on May 6 last year after contracting a serious infection following tattoo work in a garden shed, an inquest heard

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Merthyr Tydfil venue must stop live music at 8pm after noise complaints Published Date: 18/04/2024

The Scala in Merthyr Tydfil was the subject of complaints, including a neighbouring snooker club claiming vibrations from noise were causing balls to move on tables.

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Councils lobby Ministers not to scrap selective licencing schemes Published Date: 16/04/2024

The Local Government Association (LGA) has urged Minister to ignore rebel MPs’ calls for selective licencing to be scrapped.

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Licensing Authorities - renewals of Licensing Authority Policy Statements under the Gambling Act 2005 due January 2025 Published Date: 15/04/2024

The Gambling Commission is reminding Licensing Authorities of the timescales for renewal of Licensing Policy Statements under the Gambling Act 2005.

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New deal for Scottish pub tenants Published Date: 15/04/2024

The Scottish Government is taking action to improve the rights of tied pub tenants across the country.

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Tamworth taxi driver licence revoked Published Date: 15/04/2024

Evidence of a licensed taxi driver breaking the licencing rules on more than one occasion, has led to the driver having his taxi licence to operate revoked by Tamworth Borough Council Licensing Committee, at a hearing on 28 March 2024.

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Gambling Commission issue guidance on SoLP reviews Published Date: 15/04/2024

The Gambling Commission has issued a statement relating to Statement of Licensing Policy reviews during a time then the Gambling Act is subject to reviews.

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Government must clamp down on unregulated canine fertility clinics and unlicensed pet breeders, say MPs Published Date: 15/04/2024

The EFRA Committee wants the Government to address the fact that more than half of the puppies entering the market come from unlicensed breeders, and is today calling for a list of licensed breeders to be made public, and a change in the licensing regulations so as to include breeders of two or more litters a year, in order to counter low welfare breeding practices and provide assurance to buyers.

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Swindon renews cumulative impact zone Published Date: 15/04/2024

Swindon Borough Council’s licensing committee has extended the council's "cumulative impact assessment" for three years, after police said it was helping to cut crime.

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Hemp licensing changes will help grow UK economy Published Date: 15/04/2024

The Government said licensing reform will maximise the economic and environmental potential of the crop.

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Pubs fail gaming machine test Published Date: 08/04/2024

Six public houses in South Derbyshire have been issued with warnings by the District Council’s licensing team after allowing underage individuals to play gaming machines on their premises.

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Gambling Commission unveils a new three-year Corporate Strategy Published Date: 08/04/2024

Titled ‘Gambling Regulation in a Digital Age’. The strategy underlines the Commission’s commitment to deliver on the decisions set out in the Government's White Paper High Stakes - Gambling reform for the digital age.

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Animal Licensing Wales project extended until 2025 Published Date: 08/04/2024

Award-winning teams of animal licensing and enforcement officers are making a difference across Wales, as part of the Welsh Government’s plans to improve animal welfare, Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths confirmed.

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IoL response to Welsh Government Consultation: Draft regulations and statutory guidance for mandatory licensing of special procedures Published Date: 08/04/2024

The Institute of Licensing has responded to the Welsh Government's consultation on the draft regulations and statutory guidance for mandatory licensing of special procedures.

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Bet365 to pay £582,120 for regulatory failures Published Date: 04/04/2024

Bet365 is to pay £582,120 for anti-money laundering and social responsibility failures at its online business.

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‘Safer Crowds, Safer Venues’ initiative launched Published Date: 04/04/2024

In response to several high-profile incidents resulting in loss of life or serious injury, a collaborative effort has been undertaken by the UK Crowd Management Association, Night Time Industries Association, LIVE, and UK Door Security Association.

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Wakefield city centre venue has licence revoked following police operation Published Date: 04/04/2024

A Wakefield city centre venue has had its licence revoked following the execution of a warrant at the premise last month.

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Government confirms commencement of permanent pavement licensing scheme Published Date: 03/04/2024

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has written to local authorities to confirm that the pavement licensing regime has now been made permanent.

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IoL Response to Digital Age Verification Consultation Published Date: 01/04/2024

The Institute has published its response to the Home Office's age verification consultation.

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London pedicab licensing bill set to receive Royal Assent Published Date: 01/04/2024

A bill that will hand Transport for London (TfL) new licensing powers over pedicabs operating in the capital has passed its third reading in the House of Commons and is set to receive Royal Assent in the coming weeks.

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Gambling Commission confirm change to the frequency of regulatory returns Published Date: 01/04/2024

The Gambling Commission have confirmed that they are changing the frequency they require all operators to submit regulatory returns from annually to quarterly.

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The PCA has concluded its review of Stonegate’s historic breaches of the Pubs Code in relation to Rent Proposals Published Date: 01/04/2024

Stonegate has taken action to address historic breaches of the Pubs Code regarding the provision of rent proposals.

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More lost pets to return home as microchipping system reformed Published Date: 01/04/2024

Reforms will help reunite thousands of lost or stolen animals every year and deter pet theft.

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XL Bully dog exemption application process opens in Scotland Published Date: 01/04/2024

XL Bully owners can apply for an exemption certificate so they can continue to legally own their dogs in the long term.

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Taxi driver loses appeal to operate in East Cambs Published Date: 26/03/2024

A West Suffolk taxi driver who admitted showing a female passenger a weblink to a pornographic website has lost an appeal to drive an East Cambridgeshire licensed taxi or private hire vehicle.

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Primate licensing Published Date: 25/03/2024

The Animal Welfare (Primate Licences) (England) Regulations 2023 have been signed into law and will come into force from 6 April 2026.

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Tewkesbury private hire licensing prosecutions Published Date: 24/03/2024

Tewkesbury Borough Council has successfully prosecuted two individuals for offences relating to licensing and operating of private hire vehicles.

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Kate Nicholls Elected as Institute of Licensing National Chair Published Date: 24/03/2024

The Institute of Licensing (IoL) is delighted to announce the election of Kate Nicholls OBE as National Chair, effective 1st April 2024. David Lucas has been elected as Vice Chair, alongside existing Vice Chair Gary Grant, effective immediately.

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New licensing regime needed to tackle rogue shisha bars Published Date: 24/03/2024

Tougher new powers are needed to crack down on shisha bars that breach smoking laws and are linked to anti-social behaviour.

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VAT Treatment of Private Hire Vehicles Consultation Published Date: 22/03/2024

The Government has committed to a consultation on the impacts of the July 2023 High Court ruling in Uber Britannia Ltd v Sefton MBC.

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Greene King achieves Best Bar None nationwide accreditation Published Date: 22/03/2024

Pubs across the managed estate were assessed on venue management, staff training and care, customer safety and welfare, and customer service and community, with the pub company achieving a 100% pass rate.

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Conditions restricting ability to cross-border subcontract quashed on appeal Published Date: 22/03/2024

Charles Holland examines a recent ruling where conditions restricting the ability to cross-border subcontract were quashed on appeal.

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BBFC launches new Classification Guidelines Published Date: 19/03/2024

BBFC launches new Classification Guidelines reflecting shifts in public opinion towards violence, drug use, sex and use of language.

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IoL Response to Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill Home Office Consultation Published Date: 18/03/2024

The Institute has published its response to the Home Office's consultation on the Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill Standard Tier consultation.

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Illegal gambling den raided Published Date: 18/03/2024

Officers from Tarian Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU), working in partnership with the Gambling Commission, HMRC and Cardiff City Council Licensing, executed six warrants across Cardiff on Wednesday 28 February.

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Venue to stay open as nightclub after noise row Published Date: 18/03/2024

A music venue at the centre of a three-year noise row will continue to open as a nightclub but with noise-limiting restrictions in place.

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UK's largest live entertainment arena granted a premises licence Published Date: 18/03/2024

Co-op Live, in Manchester, will become the UK's largest live entertainment arena when it opens its doors on 23 April. The world-class, 23,500-capacity venue is located opposite Manchester City’s stadium, on the Etihad Campus. The new venue is a joint venture between Oak View Group and City Football Group.

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Taxi drivers pay price for operating illegally at Henley Regatta Published Date: 14/03/2024

Four taxi drivers have been ordered to pay a total of over £6,000 for illegally plying for hire at Henley Regatta.

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LGA publishes new report on the future of cultural services Published Date: 10/03/2024

The Local Government Association has published seven original articles from leading policy thinkers exploring the future of local publicly funded cultural services and devolution.

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Gambling Minister Stuart Andrew speaks at the Gambling with Lives Parliamentary Forum Published Date: 10/03/2024

Gambling Minister Stuart Andrew gives an update on the progress of the Government's gambling white paper at the Gambling with Lives Parliamentary Forum.

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"Overwhelming" support for animal licensing regime in Scotland Published Date: 10/03/2024

The Scottish Government have published their analysis of the responses received to their recent consultation on the potential future licensing of a range of animal-related activities – which shows there is overwhelming public support for regulation to be introduced.

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Police withdraw licence review after sale of Whitby bar Published Date: 10/03/2024

A bar in Whitby which had faced losing its licence has been told it can reopen after police withdrew their complaint following its sale to a new owner.

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Leeds pub keeps licence despite violence Published Date: 10/03/2024

A Leeds city centre pub has avoided having its premises licence revoked despite warnings from the police over violent incidents.

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The Animal Welfare (Primate Licences) (England) Regulations 2023 - Update Published Date: 06/03/2024

The Animal Welfare (Primate Licences) (England) Regulations 2023 have been signed into law today and will come into force from 6 April 2026.

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Trio guilty of unauthorised breeding and welfare offences Published Date: 06/03/2024

Two men and a woman have pleaded guilty at Derby Justice Centre to offences relating to unauthorised breeding of dogs and animal welfare offences following investigations by South Derbyshire District Council.

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Oxford man prosecuted for fraud Published Date: 03/03/2024

On 23 February Karvan Nawaz was prosecuted at Oxford Magistrates' Court for submitting a fraudulent document to the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

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Private hire driver loses licence after using phone at the wheel Published Date: 03/03/2024

A Three Rivers private hire taxi driver has been fined and had his licence revoked after being caught using a mobile phone whilst driving.

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Ministerial Statement on Welsh Animal Welfare Plan Published Date: 03/03/2024

Lesley Griffiths, The Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd made a statement following the conclusion of the consultation on the licensing of animal welfare establishments, activities, and exhibits in Wales.

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Night Time Industries Association and Institute of Hospitality Join Forces for #LeaveNoOneBehind Campaign Published Date: 03/03/2024

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) and the Institute of Hospitality are proud to announce their collaboration on a vital campaign, #LeaveNoOneBehind, aimed at advocating for the survival and recovery of their collective membership of over 20,000 businesses in the UK.

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IoL responds to Welsh Government Consultation on Licensing of animal welfare establishments, activities and exhibits Published Date: 01/03/2024

The IoL responded to the consultation with assistance from it's Animal Consultation Panel which includes members from the Welsh region. We took into account the views from the Wales Expert Panel and also our previous responses in relation to consultations in Scotland.

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Martyn's Law Consultation - Webinar Dates for your diary Published Date: 26/02/2024

The Home Office are hosting a number of webinars for information on the Martyn’s Law Standard Tier Consultation.

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APPG for Metal Stone and Heritage Crime call for Scrap Metal Act review Published Date: 26/02/2024

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Metal, Stone and Heritage Crime, in its latest report, revealed that metal theft costing UK economy half a billion pounds a year and has called on the Government to review the Scrap Metal Act.

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UKHospitality backs Euros licensing extension Published Date: 25/02/2024

A blanket relaxation of licensing hours for the semi-final and final of the Euros will benefit football fans and businesses alike.

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SIA launches consultation on new business approval scheme Published Date: 25/02/2024

The Security Industry Authority has launched a public consultation on the key principles that will underpin its business approval scheme going forward.

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Business crime and licensing officers making stolen goods too hot to handle Published Date: 25/02/2024

Essex Police have launched a new awareness campaign to make stolen goods too hot to handle within the retail sector.

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Manchester Co-op Live and AO Arena in licensing row Published Date: 25/02/2024

A row has broken out between bosses of the two largest indoor UK arenas, with one accusing the other of trying to block its opening for competition reasons.

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Addison Lee settles with drivers to in Workers’ Rights case Published Date: 25/02/2024

Three Addison Lee drivers have reached an out of court settlement with the company in their case for workers' rights, including entitlements to holiday pay and minimum wage.

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Driver counts cost of letting car be used as taxi without licence during Henley Regatta Published Date: 25/02/2024

A driver who let his car be used as a taxi during the Henley Regatta despite the vehicle being unlicensed has been ordered to pay more than £1,500 in fines and costs.

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New £2 maximum stake for under 25s playing online slots Published Date: 23/02/2024

Stake limits for online slot games will be introduced for the first time in September, including lower limits for young adults, as the Government continues to roll out measures to protect people from gambling harms.

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IoL and LAPG supporting the National Pubwatch Conference Published Date: 23/02/2024

The IoL and Local Alcohol Partnerships Group will be present at the 2024 National Pubwatch Conference which will be held the Crowne Plaza in Sheffield on Tuesday 5th March.

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Government to help more black cab drivers go green with further funding support Published Date: 21/02/2024

Plug-in Taxi Grant provides funding of £6,000 per electric taxi vehicle and is extended until April 2025.

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Tougher laws to protect children from sexual abuse Published Date: 21/02/2024

Children will be better protected from sexual predators under plans being brought forward by the Home Secretary.

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Carlisle's Truth nightclub "licence switch" refused over safety fears Published Date: 20/02/2024

A police objection to a nightclub licence transfer has been upheld over fears it was a rebranding exercise.

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Reading club licence suspended as cocaine found in toilets Published Date: 20/02/2024

A Reading nightclub will have to temporarily close down after cocaine was discovered at the venue.

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Delivering a registration scheme for short-term lets in England - the next steps Published Date: 19/02/2024

The Government has published a statement setting out the next steps in developing a registration scheme for short-term lets in England.

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NTIA figures reveal extent of nightclub closure crisis Published Date: 18/02/2024

NTIA Figures Reveal Extent of Crisis: UK Nightclubs Struggle as Dance Floors Nationwide Shut Down In response to the escalating crisis facing nightclubs across the UK.

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The Second UK Electronic Music Industry Report Published Date: 18/02/2024

How electronic music keeps the UK economy thriving. The second UK electronic music industry report. The economic, community and cultural value of the electronic music industry in the UK.

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Welsh Government Consultation: Draft regulations and statutory guidance for mandatory licensing of special procedures Published Date: 12/02/2024

The Welsh Government are consulting on the draft regulations and statutory guidance for the mandatory licensing of special procedures. The consultation will close on 8 April 2024.

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Security boss prosecuted for breaching the Private Security Industry Act Published Date: 12/02/2024

On 18 January 2024 David Martyn Hill, the sole director of ACE Security Specialist Ltd. was prosecuted at Doncaster Magistrates' Court.

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Animal Sentience Committee letter on XL Bully dogs and the Dangerous Dogs Act Published Date: 12/02/2024

Letter from the Animal Sentience Committee to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee on the welfare implications of adding XL Bully dogs to the Dangerous Dogs Act.

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Government promise more work on disabled taxi access Published Date: 12/02/2024

The Government has launched its new Disability Action Plan including a commitment to work with representatives from the guide dog and assistance animals sectors to improve access.

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School bus licence revoked after massive failings Published Date: 12/02/2024

Traffic Commissioner for the West of England, Kevin Rooney recently heard the case of Denwell Mini Coaches Ltd and its Transport Manager, Darren Brown.

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Permanent pavement café licensing scheme now operational in city Published Date: 12/02/2024

Belfast City Council is now operating a permanent pavement café licensing scheme for local hospitality and retail businesses wanting to place furniture on a public area outside their premises for use by their customers.

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Londoners sink £25m party ship in new blow for capital’s night time economy Published Date: 08/02/2024

Owners of a £25 million floating entertainment venue have given up on plans to operate it on the River Thames after opposition from local residents.

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Scotland Minimum Unit Pricing Rise Published Date: 08/02/2024

Plans to continue setting a minimum price per unit of alcohol and to increase it by 15p will go before the Scottish Parliament for approval.

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Taxi driver fined for illegally operating in Henley on Thames Published Date: 07/02/2024

A taxi driver is counting the cost of unlawfully plying for trade during the Henley Regatta.

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Edinburgh Council warned of strip club 'monopoly' Published Date: 05/02/2024

Fears have been raised that a strip club ‘monopoly’ could be created in Edinburgh by new licensing rules aimed at restricting the number of venues.

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Bournemouth nightclub to remain open after review Published Date: 05/02/2024

A nightclub that "attracts thousands of visitors to Bournemouth town centre’s nighttime economy" will remain open after a national restructure by operator Rekom UK that called in the administrators as part of a major restructuring.

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Glasgow private hire driver loses licence after "horror attack" Published Date: 05/02/2024

A Glasgow private hire car driver who indecently assaulted a woman and threatened to abduct her while working has lost his licence.

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Six-week Martyn’s Law consultation launched Published Date: 05/02/2024

A consultation has opened on new laws to make sure we are better prepared for, and protected from, terrorist attacks.

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Disabled man refused taxi service due to assistance dog Published Date: 04/02/2024

A disabled man who had collapsed from exhaustion says he was refused taxi services because of his assistance dog.

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Gloucester Cars Plc guilty of operating vehicles without a licence Published Date: 04/02/2024

Tewkesbury Borough Council has successfully prosecuted two individuals for offences relating to licensing of private hire vehicles.

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Independent Venues Week: funding announced to music venues across Wales Published Date: 04/02/2024

The Deputy Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Dawn Bowden has announced during Independent Venues Week that £718,000 has been offered to 17 grass roots music venues across Wales, from the Creative Wales Music Capital Fund.

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Disposable vapes to be banned Published Date: 30/01/2024

Disposable vapes will be banned in the UK as part of ambitious government plans to tackle the rise in youth vaping and protect children’s health.

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Rogue taxi driver used unlicensed vehicle Published Date: 29/01/2024

A taxi driver who was caught illegally driving passengers to Birmingham Airport has been fined after admitting using an unlicensed and uninsured vehicle.

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Grassroots live music venues suffer 'most challenging year' Published Date: 29/01/2024

Grassroots music venues, which offer a vital launchpad for fledgling acts, risk closure, new research warns.

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Liverpool city centre bar has licence revoked Published Date: 29/01/2024

A bar in Liverpool city centre has had its licence revoked following an investigation into violent disorder last month.

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Greggs scraps bid for 24-hour licence after council concerns Published Date: 29/01/2024

Greggs has scrapped plans for a 24-hour licence at one of its Kent branches after fears were raised it could lead to anti-social behaviour.

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Regulatory services and net zero Published Date: 25/01/2024

The LGA has produced a table which seeks to map the levers local regulatory services have at their disposal to help deliver councils net zero ambitions.

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Consultation launch: Alcohol Licensing - Digital Identity, Technology and Remote Sales Published Date: 24/01/2024

The Government has launched a consultation on whether to allow digital identities and technology to play a role in age verification for alcohol sales, as well as whether to amend legislation in order to specify that for sales of alcohol that do not take place face to face, age verification should take place at the point of delivery as well as sale.

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Food vendor ordered to pay nearly £10,000 in fines Published Date: 23/01/2024

A food vendor has been ordered to pay nearly £10,000 in fines and costs after unlawfully trading in a layby.

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Temporary Events Notice (England and Wales) updated Published Date: 22/01/2024

Gov.uk information has been updated to reflect pre-pandemic limits, now that the easements have lapsed.

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Government backs new pet abduction law in pet theft crackdown Published Date: 21/01/2024

New law will create a new specific offence for dog and cat abduction.

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Portman Group launches first industry wide Alcohol Alternatives Guidance for packaging and marketing Published Date: 21/01/2024

The Portman Group launches the first industry-wide and freely available Alcohol Alternatives Guidance for packaging and marketing to help producers ensure alcohol alternative products are marketed and sold responsibly to consumers.

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Court rejects appeal by businessman over revocation of alcohol licence Published Date: 21/01/2024

Worthing Magistrates’ Court has upheld a decision by West Sussex County Council to revoke a businessman’s alcohol licence over the sale of counterfeit cigarettes.

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Alcohol licence in couple's garden granted against their objections Published Date: 21/01/2024

An alcohol licence has been granted in a couple's garden dispute, they objected fearing "drunken strangers may wander into their garden".

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Scotland introduce "safeguards" on XL Bully dogs Published Date: 21/01/2024

"Tight safeguards" on XL Bully dogs are to be introduced in Scotland to make it a criminal offence to own the breed without an exemption certificate.

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Removing largest wine glass serving reduces amount of wine sold in bars and pubs Published Date: 21/01/2024

Taking away the largest serving of wine by the glass – in most cases the 250ml option – led to an average reduction in the amount of wine sold at pubs and bars of just under 8%, new research led by a team at the University of Cambridge has discovered.

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DfT Best Practice Guidance - changes tracked Published Date: 17/01/2024

Button Training has provided an annotated version of the latest DfT Best Practice Guidance for Taxis and Private Hire.

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UK's largest nightclub owner calls in administrators Published Date: 16/01/2024

Rekom, which owns the Atik and Pryzm brands, said any restructure of the business could see some of its well-known nightclubs shut for good.

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Little effort to disrupt child sexual exploitation in Rochdale Published Date: 16/01/2024

Part three of the review into Operation Span and the investigation of non-recent child sexual exploitation in Rochdale found little evidence of licensing efforts to disrupt the exploitation in Rochdale.

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Woman kidnapped and sexually assaulted by fake taxi driver Published Date: 16/01/2024

The defendant was 'cruising' the streets of Swansea in the early hours of the morning in his black car posing as a cabbie according to reports by Wales Online.

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IoL and Gambling Business Group at ICE Published Date: 16/01/2024

The IoL and Gambling Business Group will be present at the forthcoming ICE 2024 event at Excel in London on 8th February 2024. The event is free to attend and open to all, so come along and say hello. This is the UK's largest gaming and betting exhibition, with over 40,000 attendees last year. IoL Director David Lucas will be there for the IoL.

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IoL supporting the NTIA Summit Published Date: 16/01/2024

Join us at the NTIA's Night Time Economy Summit at Freight Island in Manchester on 8th and 9th February. Daniel Davies and Tim Shield will both host discussions looking at Industry Insights and future trends, and challenges and solutions to onerous licensing conditions. This event is FREE to local authority officers.

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Distributing tips fairly: draft statutory code of practice (Dept for Business and Trade Consultation) Published Date: 16/01/2024

The Department for Business and Trade is seeking views on setting up a code of practice on fair and transparent distribution of tips. This consultation closes at 4:30pm on 22 February 2024

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Number of licensed premises drop to "record low" Published Date: 15/01/2024

This marks the first time the total has dropped below 100,000 in the research’s history, according to the latest figures from consultancy group CGA.

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Minister letter to licensing authorities on training and planning Published Date: 15/01/2024

The Minister of State for Crime, Policing and Fire has written to licensing authorities on the provision of training for licensing practitioners, and the collaboration between local licensing and planning regimes.

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£6m fine for online operator Gamesys Published Date: 15/01/2024

A gambling business will pay a £6 million penalty after a Gambling Commission investigation revealed social responsibility and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) failings.

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Fourth National Lottery licence: IGT discontinues appeal Published Date: 15/01/2024

The Court of Appeal has granted International Game Technology PLC's (IGT) request to dismiss its appeal, following IGT stating that they will no longer pursue a claim for damages against the Commission.

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Plans unveiled for statutory registration and licensing scheme for visitor accommodation in Wales Published Date: 15/01/2024

Plans to introduce a statutory registration and licensing scheme for all visitor accommodation in Wales have been announced by the Deputy Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Dawn Bowden today with legislation expected to be introduced to the Senedd before the end of the year.

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NTIA unveils figures from flash poll on UK night time economy business trade during the festive period Published Date: 15/01/2024

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has released the results of a comprehensive flash poll involving over 453 NTIA member businesses within the UK’s Night Time Economy (NTE). The poll aimed to evaluate trading levels and impacts over the festive period, revealing critical insights that underscore the urgent need for targeted government support with the upcoming Spring Budget.

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Rhyl pub licence suspended after reports of staff fighting with customers Published Date: 15/01/2024

Denbighshire County Council's licensing committee has announced that the licence for the Millbank on Grange Road in Rhyl is being suspended for ten weeks, reports North Wales Live

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Balham restaurant exploiting its staff loses licence after Home Office raid Published Date: 09/01/2024

A Balham restaurant has lost its late night licence after a court heard its owner was unlawfully employing migrant workers amid claims he was exploiting them by paying sub-standard wages.

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Whitby bar's licence decision delayed "to allow sale" Published Date: 09/01/2024

A bar in Whitby which was facing calls to have its licence revoked is to close voluntarily until the business is sold.

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MPs back card payments on gaming machines Published Date: 09/01/2024

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has backed UKHospitality’s call for card payments to be permitted for use on gaming machines.

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West Midlands Women’s Night Safety Charter launched Published Date: 09/01/2024

A new Women’s Night Safety Charter to help improve women’s safety across the region has been launched by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

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Survey shows rise in popularity of low and no alcohol alternatives Published Date: 09/01/2024

The Portman Group’s sixth annual survey in partnership with YouGov shows that young people are the biggest consumers of low and no alcohol alternatives.

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Pub's licence to be reviewed amid reports of staff brawling with customers Published Date: 09/01/2024

A pub's licence is being reviewed amid reports of the manager and staff members fighting with customers.

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IoL National Chairman - Could this be you? Published Date: 04/01/2024

The Institute of Licensing (IoL) is looking for its next National Chair to help take our work and organisation to the next level. The IoL is the professional body for licensing practitioners across the UK representing circa 5,000 licensing practitioners from local government, police, industry and private practice.

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Pedicabs (London) Bill Published Date: 02/01/2024

The Pedicabs (London) Bill, that makes provision for regulating pedicabs in public places in Greater London, reaches reports stage.

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'Pints' of wine stocked on Britain's shelves for the first time ever Published Date: 02/01/2024

'Pint’ size wine stocked on Britain’s shelves for the first time ever thanks to new freedoms from leaving the European Union.

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New legal restrictions on XL Bully dog now in force Published Date: 02/01/2024

It is now illegal to breed, sell, advertise, gift, exchange, and abandon these dogs or let them stray.

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One UK grassroots music venues closing per week Published Date: 02/01/2024

"Around 93% of UK grassroots music venues have got a private landlord," according to the Music Venue Trust.

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PHV operators begin recording driver revenue Published Date: 01/01/2024

Starting today (1 January 2024), taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) operators must record the income of each and every driver working on their platforms.

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New Year's honours 2024 Published Date: 01/01/2024

More than 1,200 recipients have been awarded for their exceptional achievements, including those in hospitality, local authority and police services. Recipients include Tim Martin (J D Wetherspoon) who was awarded a knighthood, and Martin Hewitt (Police) who was awarded CBE.

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Hand car wash licensing Published Date: 22/12/2023

Nottingham Trent University is exploring the potential of licensing to tackle unlawful practices at hand car washes.

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DCMS fund to support grassroots music Published Date: 22/12/2023

A new DCMS fund has been announced to support grassroots music that will offer grants of up to £40k to rehearsal spaces, recording studios, festivals, venues and promoters.

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Spiking – information, guidance and factsheets             Published Date: 22/12/2023

Following announcements of the Government’s commitment to tackle spiking, a series of support information has been published.

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Institute of Licensing & LGA set Licensing Committee Member Training Standard Published Date: 22/12/2023

The Institute of Licensing (IoL) and LGA have produced training standard guidance which sets out what the LGA and the IoL believe to be a basic level of licensing committee member training.

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LGA updated guidance on locally set licensing fees Published Date: 19/12/2023

The Local Government Association (LGA) has published updated guidance that aims to help councils to understand the full breadth of issues that should be considered when setting local licence fees in order to meet legal obligations and provide the necessary reassurances to local businesses.

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Gambling Commission consultations on financial penalties and ownership reporting Published Date: 19/12/2023

The Gambling Commission has launched a new set of consultations as part of its ongoing work to ensure effective regulation.

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Updated Licensing Act section 182 guidance Published Date: 18/12/2023

The Home Office has issued updated Statutory Guidance guidance under s.182 of the Licensing Act 2003 to include a definition of "spiking".

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Spiking to be targeted in raft of new measures Published Date: 18/12/2023

Spiking will be targeted by police and door staff in a raft of new measures unveiled today (Monday 18 December) by the Home Secretary James Cleverly as the festive party-going season gets into full swing.

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Penalty notices introduced for animal health and welfare offences Published Date: 15/12/2023

New legislation introduces penalty notices for animal health and welfare offences.

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Government publish specialist primate licence consultation response Published Date: 15/12/2023

The consultation sought views on proposals for the introduction of a specialist licence for private primate keepers in England, through regulations made under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (AWA).

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Glasgow strip club gets 4am alcohol licence despite concerns Published Date: 13/12/2023

A Glasgow strip club has been given the go-ahead to sell alcohol until 4am after a health spokeswoman raised concerns about the bar staying open later.

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NPCC 'Walk Away' campaign aims to address alcohol related violence in the ENTE Published Date: 12/12/2023

Help your mates to walk away. That’s the message of a new campaign being launched by forces around the UK to prevent deaths and serious injuries caused by a person being assaulted on a night out.

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Welsh pub licence review after "drunk child" found "unconscious on pavement after party" Published Date: 11/12/2023

A pub and nightclub's licence is being reviewed after an under-18s party led to children as young as 13 lying drunk and unconscious on the pavement outside.

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Council re-launch new consultation on the Late-Night Levy Published Date: 11/12/2023

Bolton Council has re-launched a new consultation on the Late-Night Levy.

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Local Government Association and Institute of Licensing: Training standard published Published Date: 10/12/2023

The Local Government Association (LGA) and Institute of Licensing (IoL) want to drive consistently high standards in licensing. This training standard guidance has been designed to set out what the LGA and the IoL believe to be a basic level of licensing committee member training, although this does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such.

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Welsh Government Consultation: Licensing of animal welfare establishments, activities and exhibits Published Date: 10/12/2023

The Welsh Government are consulting on the first phase of developing a national model for regulating animal welfare. The licensing scheme would cover currently unlicensed or minimally regulated animal-related activities.

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Taxi driver stripped of licence by council and courts for financially grooming elderly passenger Published Date: 08/12/2023

A taxi driver who preyed on a vulnerable 70-year-old passenger and extorted thousands of pounds from her has had his licence stripped by a council, magistrates and crown court judge.

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Unlicensed Taxi driver fined after illegally operating in Reading Published Date: 08/12/2023

AN UNLICENSED private hire driver, who was found to be illegally plying for hire in Reading, has been hit with financial penalties of over £900 and given eight penalty points on his licence.

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Licensing Hours Extensions Bill Published Date: 08/12/2023

A Bill to amend the Licensing Act 2003 so that licensing hours Orders can be made by negative resolution statutory instrument.

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Wandsworth launches its Night Time Strategy Published Date: 08/12/2023

The Night Time Strategy for Wandsworth has been officially launched at Wandsworth Town Hall.

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Uber to partner with iconic Black Cabs in London Published Date: 03/12/2023

Uber is to launch Black Cabs in London, with drivers signing up from today and the service rolling out in early 2024.

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Scottish Government alcohol marketing clampdown to be ‘narrower’ after opposition Published Date: 03/12/2023

The Scottish Government has acknowledged the ‘high levels of opposition’ to its initial proposals for new restrictions on alcohol marketing, and pledged to go back to the drawing board to find a ‘narrower’ set of measures that might attract wider support.

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Edinburgh Licensing Board votes to change festive trading policy Published Date: 03/12/2023

Edinburgh Council's licensing board has voted to change the city’s policy on festive trading hours from next year, with festive trading to be decided on a year-by-year basis.

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IoL writes to Minister expressing concern over lack of gov.uk forms progress Published Date: 03/12/2023

The Institute of Licensing, in conjunction with NALEO, have written to the Minister for the Cabinet Office expressing the institute's concern over the lack of progress on a new gov.uk licensing forms system.

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Daniel Davies to step down as IoL National Chairman in March 2024 Published Date: 01/12/2023

IoL Chairman Daniel Davies has confirmed that he will step down from his role as National Chairman of the Institute of Licensing in March 2024 after 9 years at the helm. Dan made the announcement at the National AGM held on 15th November during the National Training Conference.

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Gambling Commission consults on second set of consultations on proposals contained in the White Paper Published Date: 01/12/2023

The Commission has launched the second set of consultations on proposals contained in the White Paper and is calling for views from consumers, gambling businesses and other interested groups.

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Scottish Government to launch alcohol marketing consultation Published Date: 01/12/2023

The Scottish Government will hold more talks with public health stakeholders and the alcohol industry early next year to discuss ways of limiting young people’s exposure to alcohol promotions.

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Plans to keep pubs open longer if UK nations reach Euros semis Published Date: 28/11/2023

Pub and bar licensing hours could be extended if England, Wales or Scotland reach the semi-finals or final of the Euros next year, subject to consultation.

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SIA respond to concerns about training malpractice Published Date: 26/11/2023

An undercover investigation from BBC Radio 4 programme ‘File on 4’ has found door supervisors obtaining fraudulent work licences after attending “sham training courses”.

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2023 Young People and Gambling Report Published Date: 26/11/2023

The Commission has released its 2023 Young People and Gambling Report - an annual study which helps understand children’s and young people’s exposure to, and involvement in, all types of gambling.

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Home Affairs Committee chair writes to Minister for Security regarding the Draft Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill Published Date: 26/11/2023

Letter to the Minister for Security regarding the Draft Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill, dated 10 November 2023, expressing concern about ongoing delays.

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Blackburn man who posed as taxi driver admits raping women Published Date: 26/11/2023

A man who posed as a taxi driver has admitted raping women he picked up as they made their way home from nights out.

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Spa-Tax Taxis guilty of operating vehicles without a licence Published Date: 20/11/2023

Tewkesbury Borough Council has successfully prosecuted two individuals for offences relating to licensing of private hire vehicles.

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Gambling Commission sets out second round of Gambling Act Review consultations Published Date: 20/11/2023

The Gambling Commission has set out its next round of consultations implementing the recommendations of the Government's Gambling Act Review White Paper.

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Council right to revoke driver’s licence following pattern of dangerous driving Published Date: 20/11/2023

East Suffolk Council has successfully defended its decision to revoke the hackney carriage and private hire driver’s licences of a driver who had committed two minor traffic offences within a year of being relicensed following a serious crash.

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DfT Publish Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing Best Practice Guidance Published Date: 18/11/2023

Updated best practice guidance puts more emphasis on making taxi and PHV services more accessible to disabled people.

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Chairman's Special Recognition Awards 2023 Published Date: 17/11/2023

IoL Chairman’s Special Recognition Awards have been presented to Suzanne Fisher, Dave Nevitt, Inspector Alan McKeon and PC Diane Park.  The awards were announced and presented at the IoL’s Annual Gala Dinner, last night (Thursday 16th November 2023).

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Jeremy Allen Award 2023 – John Miley Published Date: 17/11/2023

The IoL and Poppleston Allen Solicitors are delighted to announce John Miley as the winner of the 2023 Jeremy Allen Award.

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Licensed venue numbers drop below 100,000 for first time Published Date: 13/11/2023

More than 44,000 net outlets have been lost since 2003, equivalent to just over six closures every day for the last two decades.

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Edinburgh licensing board to cut festive trading hours ‘at worst possible time’ say hospitality industry Published Date: 13/11/2023

Scotland’s hospitality trade associations – the Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA), Scottish Licensed Trade Association, Scottish Hospitality Group (SHG), Night Time Industry Association (NTIA) and UKHospitality-Scotland – have joined forces to oppose a proposed cut to festive trading hours.

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West Bromwich man prosecuted for working illegally at a Birmingham bar Published Date: 13/11/2023

On 30 June 2023 a West Bromwich man was convicted at Birmingham Magistrates' Court for working illegally as a door supervisor.

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Investigatory Powers Act 2016 reform announced in King’s Speech Published Date: 13/11/2023

The government has introduced legislation to update the Investigatory Powers Act 2016.

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Council to re-consult on late night levy to focus on the Town Centre and capture late night refreshment premises Published Date: 13/11/2023

The Council have had approval to start another consultation on a late night levy after the initial six-week consultation following recommended changes to the proposed scheme.

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Brighton Councillors agree plans to modernise beach hut licences Published Date: 13/11/2023

Plans to modernise beach hut licences and introduce a transfer fee will help to support the council’s seafront services Brighton & Hove Council said.

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Company who illegally 'pressured people into donating' to them on streets of Manchester fined Published Date: 13/11/2023

A company that claimed to be raising money to fight knife crime has been hit with a hefty fine for illegally collecting money in Manchester.

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Nitrous Oxide banned from today Published Date: 08/11/2023

The law changes today to make possession of nitrous oxide illegal from 8 November 2023 if it is, or is likely to be, wrongfully inhaled, by classifying it as a Class C drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and placing it in Schedule 5 to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001. Guidance on the changes has been published by the Home Office.

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The King's Speech: Martyn's Law and licensing matters Published Date: 08/11/2023

The King's speech at the formal opening of Parliament on 7th November makes reference to Martyn's Law and new arrangements for London pedicabs.

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Burton Latimer cattery loses licence after inspection reveals unhealthy and unsafe environment for cats Published Date: 06/11/2023

Latimer Cattery was given an on-the-spot suspension notice after an unannounced inspection by North Northamptonshire Council, accompanied by the RSPCA, earlier this year.

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Taxi driver convicted of faking taxi licence and driving while uninsured after Stockport Council investigation Published Date: 06/11/2023

A taxi driver has been convicted of fraud & driving without insurance after using a fake taxi licence since July 2018 following an investigation by Stockport’s Taxi Licensing team.

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Market impact data on gambling behaviour - operator data to Sept 2023 Published Date: 06/11/2023

The Gambling Commission has published further data on the gambling industry in Great Britain.

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Security operative prosecuted for working with cloned SIA licences Published Date: 06/11/2023

On Tuesday 17 October, Victor Obi pleaded guilty at Bexley Magistrates' Court for three offences contrary to the Fraud Act 2006.

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Opening hours extended to 1am for Glasgow city centre pubs Published Date: 06/11/2023

Glasgow city centre pubs will be able to stay open for an extra hour under a new trial.

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Club Using Body-Heat to Create Energy Bags BBN Glasgow Award Published Date: 06/11/2023

A Glasgow venue using dancers body-heat to create sustainable energy was among licensed premises honoured at the city's prestigious Best Bar None Awards.

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LGA "Licensing tip sheets" for Elected Members Published Date: 27/10/2023

The LGA has produced a range of tip sheets to support members of licensing committees.

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LGA publish updated Gambling Guidance Published Date: 27/10/2023

The LGA has updated its guidance on taking a whole council approach to tackling gambling related harms.

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Levelling-up and Regeneration Act 2023 Published Date: 27/10/2023

The Levelling-Up and Regeneration Bill becomes law after receiving Royal Assent.

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The SIA's position on licence holders who act as vigilantes Published Date: 27/10/2023

"Vigilantism is illegal, and the SIA does not support or agree with licence holders who take the law into their own hands."

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Department for Business & Trade: Call for Evidence re Smarter regulation and the regulatory landscape Published Date: 25/10/2023

The Department for Business & Trade have issued a Call for Evidence in relation to smarter regulation and the regulatory landscape. with a view to understanding what works well and what could be improved in how regulators operate to deliver for the sectors they serve.

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Night Time Industries Association Calls on Political Parties to Adopt Recommendations in 'Darkest Before the Dawn', its Manifesto for the Night Time Economy 2024.  Published Date: 24/10/2023

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) today announces the official launch of 'Darkest Before the Dawn'', its 2024 Night Time Economy Manifesto. Written by Philip Kolvin KC in collaboration with key stakeholders, the manifesto is the first of its kind in the UK, and signifies a  milestone in NTIA’s advocacy for a thriving and secure night time economy throughout the United Kingdom.

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IoL responds to DHSC consultation on Licensing of non-surgical cosmetic procedures in England Published Date: 24/10/2023

The Institute of Licensing has submitted a response to the DHSC consultation on the licensing of non-surgical cosmetic procedures in England.

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The Government launches its consultation on the introduction of a statutory levy for gambling operators Published Date: 22/10/2023

The Government has launched its consultation on the introduction of a statutory levy for gambling operators, as proposed in the gambling white paper published in April this year.

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Two Binbrook men prosecuted for working security illegally Published Date: 22/10/2023

On 13 October 2023 two men from Binbrook were prosecuted at Humber Magistrates' Court. They worked as illegal security in 2020 for G4 Fuels Ltd in Market Rasen.

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Church gets late-night licence Published Date: 22/10/2023

St Stephen's Church in Arras Square, Ipswich, can now remain open and serve alcohol as late as 02:00 on some days.

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Council’s temporary pavement café licensing scheme extended with consultation underway on permanent scheme Published Date: 22/10/2023

Belfast City Council has extended its temporary pavement café licensing scheme until the end of December with consultation now underway on a proposed permanent scheme starting in January 2024.

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Black Cab number decline as PHVs increase Published Date: 22/10/2023

Figures published by TfL indicates a continued decline of licensed Black Cab licensed and increase in licensed PHVs in the capital.

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LGA renew call for ability to hold council remote meetings Published Date: 22/10/2023

The LGA has renewed its call for the ability to hold remote meetings as Government signals intention to remove amendment to Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill.

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Nitrous oxide to be illegal from November Published Date: 22/10/2023

Possession of nitrous oxide, also known as ‘laughing gas’, will be illegal from 8 November 2023.

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Report calls for stricted licensing frameworks to tackle rising modern slavery cases Published Date: 18/10/2023

Shiva foundation has published a report, a comprehensive exploration of the role licensing frameworks and teams can play in addressing modern slavery, offers vital insights including policy recommendations for national and local government and practical guidance for licensing and enforcement officers.

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Draft Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill Published Date: 18/10/2023

A House of Commons Library Research Briefing on the Draft Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill has been published including an update on the current status of the draft Bill.

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Mold pub has live music licence revoked Published Date: 18/10/2023

A MOLD pub has had its licensed hours cut and live music licence revoked due to anti-social behaviour and noise nuisance amongst other complaints.

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Cardiff man prosecuted for working illegally Published Date: 15/10/2023

On Wednesday 27 September 2023, a Cardiff man was prosecuted at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates’ Court for working as illegal security.

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PCA reviews how pub companies manage repairs and dilapidations in response to tenant dissatisfaction Published Date: 15/10/2023

The PCA has published a report into its findings following its thematic review into how pub companies manage repairs and dilapidations. Engagement with tenants and pub companies will continue to ensure they discover what is driving levels of dissatisfaction and implement strategies for improvement.

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Third of Greater Manchester taxi drivers registered in Wolverhampton - FOI Published Date: 15/10/2023

Wolverhampton City Council has denied that it has acted improperly by licensing large numbers of minicab drivers who operate in other areas, after a BBC investigation found 9,000 drivers in Greater Manchester - one-third of the region’s total - had licences issued by Wolverhampton.

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West Northamptonshire Council defer a vote on "controversial new licensing rules" Published Date: 15/10/2023

Under the scheme, the council could refuse drivers a licence if they have more than 7 points on their DVLA licence for minor traffic offences until at least five years after the completion of any sentence imposed, according to a report by the Local Government Lawyer.

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NICE consults on "Harmful Gambling" guidance Published Date: 12/10/2023

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is consulting on guidance to identification, assessment and management.

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Best Practice for Rapid Delivery Services Delivering Age Restricted Products Published Date: 10/10/2023

The Retail of Alcohol Standards Group (RASG), has published best practice guidance to support rapid delivery businesses and to help them prevent minors from obtaining alcohol.

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SIA response to BBC File on 4 investigation into security training Published Date: 09/10/2023

The SIA responds to the issues raised by BBC File on 4 on training malpractice in the delivery of SIA licence-linked qualifications.

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Tax conditionality for licensing taxi and scrap metal sectors equality impact assessment Published Date: 09/10/2023

The HMRC has published its screening equality impact assessment for tax conditionality licensing in taxi and scrap metal sectors.

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Summer of council enforcement reinforces urgent calls for pedicabs regulation Published Date: 09/10/2023

Ahead of the King’s Speech on 7th November, Westminster City Council is calling for the Government’s long-promised and much-needed Transport Bill to be part of the legislative agenda.

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Shetland Licensing board agree 12-week gambling consultation Published Date: 09/10/2023

Shetland Council has opened a 12-week consultation on its Gambling Statement of Licensing Policy.

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NTIA Appoints 30 Night Time Economy Ambassadors Across the UK to Accelerate Local Representation Published Date: 09/10/2023

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) today announces a significant milestone in its mission to strengthen the nighttime economy across the United Kingdom.

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Update on the Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle (Wales) Bill Published Date: 03/10/2023

The Welsh Deputy Minister for Climate Change gave an update on the Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle (Wales) Bill

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Get ready for ban on single use plastics - Councils Urge Published Date: 02/10/2023

Businesses need to ensure they are prepared for the ban on certain single use plastic items coming into effect this weekend, the Local Government Association said.

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Eastbourne company prosecuted for supplying illegal security Published Date: 02/10/2023

On 14 September 2023, at Hastings Magistrates' Court, an Eastbourne company director was prosecuted for supplying illegal security.

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Government action taken to help promote no and low-alcohol drinks Published Date: 02/10/2023

The Department of Health and Social Care said "More people could be encouraged to purchase alcohol-free drinks under government proposals to make alternatives to alcoholic drinks more widely available."

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Local pubs, museums and sports clubs secured with £12.3m levelling up boost Published Date: 02/10/2023

Pubs, museums and sports clubs across the United Kingdom have been given vital funding from Government to secure their future for generations to come.

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Tax Checks for Scotland and Northern Ireland comes into force Published Date: 02/10/2023

From 2 October 2023, applicants must complete a tax check to renew a relevant licence; licensing bodies will have to obtain confirmation that an applicant has completed a tax check before making a decision on their renewal application.

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Scottish short-term lets licensing scheme comes into force Published Date: 02/10/2023

A new law requiring the operators of short-term lets to have a licence has come into force across Scotland.

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IoL responds to DCMS consultation re land based gambling measures Published Date: 02/10/2023

The IoL has responded to the DCMS consultation on land based gamblng measures.

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IoL Member Survey re DHSC Consultation re Licensing of non-surgical cosmetic procedures Published Date: 28/09/2023

We are asking members to help inform the IoL response to the DHSC consultation. Your views are essential in ensuring that our response accurately reflects the potential concerns about the scope of the proposals and what will happen with existing  licensing arrangements across the country.

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IoL responds to Scottish Government consultation on the licensing of activities involving animals Published Date: 26/09/2023

The IoL has submitted its response to the Scottish Government's consultation on the licensing of activities involving animals.

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Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle (Wales) Bill - Summary of consultation responses published Published Date: 26/09/2023

The Welsh Government has published a summary of responses to the consultation on its White Paper outlining potential reform for Taxis and Private Hire licensing.

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Alcohol licensing: guidance on temporary off-sales permissions Published Date: 24/09/2023

The "Alcohol licensing: guidance on temporary off-sales permissions" has been updated.

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Taxi driver jailed after sexually assaulting passenger in Nottingham city centre Published Date: 24/09/2023

A taxi driver who sexually assaulted a young woman has been jailed – thanks to the quick-thinking and tenacity of his victim.

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Worcestershire’s coroner says council should do more to root out “unscrupulous” dog breeders Published Date: 24/09/2023

Worcestershire's senior coroner "to submit" a ‘prevention of future death report’ to Wychavon Council and Worcestershire Regulatory Services – saying that unless animal licensing improvements are made, there would continue to be a “heightened risk of danger” to those buying unlicensed dogs.

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Financial risk check proposals – open letter to Racing Post readers Published Date: 24/09/2023

The Gambling Commission has penned a letter to Racing Post’s readers following months of "imbalanced stories", on a daily basis, about the ongoing financial risk consultation and frequently failed to seek a right of reply from the Commission.

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Legislation to clamp down on cruel animal experiences abroad Published Date: 22/09/2023

Action reinforces UK’s commitment to delivering better animal welfare standards both at home and abroad.

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Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 - operation and effect 2018 to 2023: report Published Date: 21/09/2023

This publication reports on the operation and effect of the minimum pricing provisions during the first five years of the provisions being in force.

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Scottish Government Consultation: Alcohol - minimum unit pricing - continuation and future pricing Published Date: 21/09/2023

The Scottish Government are consulting on whether Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) should be continued as part of the range of policy measures in place to address alcohol related harm, and, in the event of its continuation, the level the minimum unit price should be set going forward.

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Two pubs a day disappearing in England and Wales Published Date: 19/09/2023

Two pubs a day have disappeared in England and Wales in the first half of the year, according to government statistics.

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Brixton Academy can reopen once conditions are met Published Date: 16/09/2023

The O2 Academy Brixton can reopen once it has met 77 "extensive and robust" conditions "designed to promote public safety".

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National Pubwatch extends free educational film series to help pubs Published Date: 16/09/2023

National Pubwatch (NPW), the voluntary organisation which works to promote safe, secure and social drinking environments, has launched its latest range of free information films to help licensees and pubwatches.

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New gambling Industry Forum Published Date: 16/09/2023

The Gambling Commission has announced the establishment of an Industry Forum to provide the Commission with further insight into the views of operators.

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Pembrokeshire man prosecuted for working without a licence Published Date: 16/09/2023

Paul Haywood Dowson was sentenced on Tuesday 12 September at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court.

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UK Music Takes Manifesto To Parliament Published Date: 16/09/2023

At a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Music, UK Music’s Interim Chief Executive Tom Kiehl and Policy and Campaign Officer Dougie Brown presented UK Music’s A Manifesto for Music.

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Short-term let licensing scheme 'could breach human rights laws' Published Date: 16/09/2023

Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) chairwoman Adrienne Carmichael has written to First Minister Humza Yousaf, warning licensing regulations may be in breach of privacy and data protection legislation.

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The Alcohol Licensing (Coronavirus) (Regulatory Easements) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 Published Date: 14/09/2023

The Government have published The Alcohol Licensing (Coronavirus) (Regulatory Easements) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 to extend the alcohol licensing regulatory easements relating to off-sales until 31 March 2025.

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Provision of Services Regulations 2009: proposed reforms Published Date: 14/09/2023

Department for Business and Trade are seeking views on proposed reforms to the Provision of Services Regulations 2009, under the Retained EU Law programme.

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Council investigation leads to conviction for illegal dog breeding and animal cruelty Published Date: 12/09/2023

An investigation carried out by Buckinghamshire Council into illegal dog breeding and animal cruelty has led to the prosecution and conviction of two individuals.

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Animal Protection Agency issue guidance on snake enclosure sizes Published Date: 12/09/2023

The Defra Animal Welfare Committee completed its year-long investigation and report regarding snake enclosure sizes and welfare. Following extensive study of the evidence and consultation including academic scientists, veterinarians, and trade stakeholders, the report decisively concluded that enclosures must be large enough to allow snakes to fully stretch their bodies at will.

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Nitrous oxide to be illegal by end of the year Published Date: 12/09/2023

The government has confirmed that secondary legislation will be brought forward to control nitrous oxide as a Class C substance.

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Stonegate to introduce surge pricing in 800 pubs Published Date: 12/09/2023

Stonegate Group, the UK's biggest pub chain, says 800 of its 4,000 pubs will introduce "dynamic pricing" during evenings and weekends.

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Nuneaton pub licence revoked Published Date: 12/09/2023

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council Licencing Committee has revoked the licence of a public house in Nuneaton town centre on advice from Warwickshire Police.

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Expert recommend licensing regime for American Bully XL dogs Published Date: 12/09/2023

A "leading" veterinarian has recommended a licensing regime for American Bully XL dogs as an option to be considered.

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Government joins forces with industry to create next generation of hospitality leaders Published Date: 12/09/2023

Jobseekers are now able to access a new Government-backed employment programme designed to fill vacancies in the hospitality sector.

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Government response to consultation on Nitrous oxide: legitimate uses and appropriate controls Published Date: 05/09/2023

The Government concludes that it is necessary to control nitrous oxide, but recognises that there are legitimate uses for nitrous oxide in many sectors, including medical, industrial and catering. As a result, it is intended to ensure that those wishing to use nitrous oxide for legitimate purposes can continue to do so lawfully and without undue burdens.

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NAFN issue NR3S FAQs Published Date: 05/09/2023

The National Anti Fraud Network, that hosts the National Register of Refusals, Revocations and Suspensions, have published a set of frequency answered questions.

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Man found with cannabis granted private hire licence Published Date: 05/09/2023

The licence was granted for a restricted period of one year, following an objection from Police Scotland.

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Government propose ban on pub-stops for Scottish football buses Published Date: 05/09/2023

A consultation by the Government’s senior traffic commissioner includes proposals that would see Scottish football buses to only stops at pubs if a 'substantial meal' is also to be consumed.

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Government launch consultation on legitimate uses and appropriate controls of Nitrous Oxide Published Date: 05/09/2023

The consultation seeks to understand the full range of legitimate uses of nitrous oxide and proposes three options for how to approach a regime of control.

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DHSC Consultation: Licensing of non-surgical cosmetic procedures Published Date: 04/09/2023

The consultation from the Department of Health and Social Care seeks views on what procedures should be in scope of the licensing scheme for non-surgical cosmetic procedures in England.

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Consultation launched as government cracks down on unregulated cosmetic procedures Published Date: 02/09/2023

Government to seek views on how to make non-surgical cosmetic procedures safer for consumers

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Firearms licensing guidance updated Published Date: 30/08/2023

The College of Policing have published updated guidance on firearms licensing – which is the process of controlling access to firearms, including shotguns, to keep the public safe.

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Brixton Academy licence hearing scheduled for September Published Date: 30/08/2023

A Licensing Review Hearing into the immediate future of the Brixton Academy will be held at Lambeth Town Hall on 11th and 12th September.

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No extension for Scottish short-term lets licence deadline Published Date: 30/08/2023

First Minister Humza Yousaf has ruled out a further delay to short-term let licensing.

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Slight rise in Scottish alcohol-specific deaths Published Date: 30/08/2023

Scottish statistics show that there was a 2% increase in alcohol-specific deaths in Scotland.

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New remote customer interaction guidance update – August 2023 Published Date: 30/08/2023

Remote gambling operators are advised to read this update on the introduction of new remote customer interaction guidance following consultation.

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Off-trade alcohol availability and violence: Assessing the impact of on-trade outlet closures Published Date: 30/08/2023

IAS report finds there is strong and consistent evidence that on-trade alcohol availability is related to violence, but evidence regarding a similar association between off-trade availability and violence is more mixed.

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Dog licensing prioritised after boy mauled to death Published Date: 30/08/2023

A council service criticised by a coroner after a boy was mauled to death by a Rottweiler has said dog licensing is a top priority.

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Tax Checks for Scotland and Northern Ireland ready for implementation in October Published Date: 30/08/2023

The legislative process to extend the existing tax checks that apply to public sector licensing in England and Wales to similar licences in Scotland and Northern Ireland is now complete.

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TEN in the Business and Planning Act Guidance Updated Published Date: 24/08/2023

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

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Government urged to change licensing laws for national events Published Date: 24/08/2023

Pubs are calling for more flexible licensing laws during national events, such as Sunday's Women's World Cup final.

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Gove asks councils to "rapidly consider" licensing applications in lead up to Woman's World Cup Final Published Date: 18/08/2023

In a letter to licensing authorities, Michael Gove said "To help make this happen at this unique national moment, we would welcome any additional support you may be able to give to ensure that, for example, where an application is being rapidly considered to allow a short extension to licensing hours".

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"Tell us Once" service now includes licences and permits Published Date: 17/08/2023

The Government's "Tell us Once" service - that lets people report a death to most government organisations in one go - now includes notification in relation to licences and permits.

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Crooked House scandal must be the catalyst for a change to the law to stop the asset-stripping of pubs – Campaign for Pubs write to the Prime Minister Published Date: 17/08/2023

The Campaign for Pubs has written to the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, calling on him to wake up and act to change the law to stop the predatory purchasing and asset-stripping of historic pubs, following the appalling case of the Crooked House in Himley, Staffordshire.

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Swansea taxi licence bid turned down by judge Published Date: 17/08/2023

An applicant refused a taxi licence by Swansea Council has been ordered to pay £4,000 in costs after his appeal against the decision was thrown out by a judge.

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Updated s.182 guidance to reflect regulatory easement policy change Published Date: 17/08/2023

The Home Office has updated the Licensing Act 2003 statutory guidance to reflect the policy change in respect of regulatory easement.

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Gambling Commission warns against "misuse of gambling statistics" Published Date: 17/08/2023

The Commission is "very concerned" at the significant increase in the misuse of statistics around gambling as different parties seek to make persuasive arguments for or against different proposals.

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The Business and Planning Act 2020 (Pavement Licences) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 Published Date: 14/08/2023

The Business and Planning Act 2020 (Pavement Licences) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 has come into force extending pavement licence renewal dates to 30th September 2024.

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Regulatory Easements Stakeholder Home Office Update Published Date: 14/08/2023

The Home Office have issued an update today (14/08/23) on the policy change relating to Regulatory Easements.

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Nightclub Industry Struggles with Over 100 Independent Nightclubs Lost in Last 12 Months Published Date: 12/08/2023

Recent figures released by NTIA through CGA have shown the huge impact on nightclubs across the UK over the last 3 years, with only 1130 nightclubs left across the UK, which is down substantially since the pandemic and subject to further change in the current economic climate.

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Government publish "Police led alcohol intervention checklist and toolkit" Published Date: 12/08/2023

The Government has published an alcohol intervention checklist and toolkit for police forces focused on police led interventions.

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Sports clubs should shoulder full cost of ground safety certification, not councils – LGA Published Date: 12/08/2023

The Government should blow the full-time whistle on outdated charging regulations that mean the local taxpayer is having to foot the £1 million annual bill for sports clubs to have ground safety certification.

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Two months to go before Scotland's short-term lets licensing deadline Published Date: 12/08/2023

Owners of short-term let properties are being urged to apply for a licence under Scotland’s short-term licensing scheme before the 1 October 2023 deadline.

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Diversionary and Community Cautions: Draft Code of Practice Published Date: 09/08/2023

This public consultation invites views on the operational impact and workability of the newly drafted Code of Practice for the statutory two-tier framework of Out of Court Disposals, as set out in The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Act 2022.

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LGA response to the "Gambling Related Harm APPG White Paper Inquiry Launch" Published Date: 09/08/2023

The Local Government Association has published its response to the "Gambling Related Harm APPG White Paper Inquiry Launch".

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Rogue taxi driver prosecuted Published Date: 09/08/2023

A rogue taxi driver who lied about having a previous licence revoked and operated under false pretences for six years has been prosecuted by Blaby District Council

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The PSA raises concerns about people being harmed by non-surgical cosmetics Published Date: 06/08/2023

The Professional Standards Authority (PSA) is very concerned about the ongoing, unmanaged risks arising from non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as Botox and fillers. Until the Government’s proposed new licensing system is in place, people using these treatments face a greater risk of harm.

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Tourism projects in Wales win share of £5 million to help get the basics right for visitors Published Date: 06/08/2023

Tourism projects across Wales have won a share of the Welsh Government’s £5 million Brilliant Basics Fund to help deliver a first-class holiday experience.

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Bournemouth director sentenced for supplying illegal security Published Date: 06/08/2023

On Thursday 29 June 2023, a Bournemouth company director, and his business were prosecuted at Poole Magistrates' Court for supplying unlicensed security.

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Fourth National Lottery licence competition - Claimant "lacks the legal standing to bring this legal claim against the Commission" Published Date: 06/08/2023

The High Court has decided that IGT lacks the legal standing to bring this legal claim against the Commission and therefore IGT’s claims have been dismissed, meaning it can no longer pursue a claim for damages.

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Call for evidence – Driver licensing for people with medical conditions Published Date: 06/08/2023

As the volume and complexity of driving licence applications or renewals where the applicant has 1 or more medical condition increases, the government believes that the time is right to review the existing legal framework.

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Oxfordshire council's decision not to give taxi licence is upheld Published Date: 31/07/2023

Hekuran Gjeta, 45, who had successfully obtained licenses in 2013, 2016 and 2019, claimed not to have realised he needed to tell the Vale of White Horse District Council when he renewed his licence in 2022 about a 2009 police caution for threatening behaviour or that in 2011 Oxford City Council had refused to grant him a hackney carriage licence.

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Martyn's Law: MPs criticise draft of anti-terror legislation Published Date: 31/07/2023

A report has said that the draft legislation for Martyn's Law, would be ineffective, burdensome on small businesses and hard to apply consistently.

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Section 182 Guidance amendments published Published Date: 31/07/2023

The Home Office have updated the Statutory Guidance issued under Section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003. The amendments are the inclusion of additional material to support licensing authorities and applicants when considering the provision of healthcare and counter terrorism at venues.

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Uber v Sefton Judgement Published Date: 28/07/2023

Uber and App Drivers & Couriers Union (ADCU) have been successful in a landmark ruling that will change the landscape of the private hire vehicle (PHV) sector.

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Gambling Commission Consultation on proposed changes to Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP), Remote Gambling and Software Technical Standards (RTS), and arrangements for Regulatory Panels Published Date: 27/07/2023

The Gambling Commission is consulting on a series of proposed changes to the requirements on gambling businesses, through the Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP) and Remote Gambling and Software Technical Standards (RTS).   They are also consulting on proposed changes to arrangements for Regulatory Panels.

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DCMS consultation: A maximum stake limit for online slots games in Great Britain Published Date: 27/07/2023

The DCMS is consulting  on proposals for the introduction of a maximum stake limit for online slots games in Great Britain.This consultation closes at 11:55pm on 20 September 2023

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DCMS Consultation: Measures relating to the land-based gambling sector Published Date: 26/07/2023

The DCMS are consulting on proposed measures relating to the land-based gambling sector, including proposals to relax casino rules, amend the ratios relating to machines in arcades and bingo halls, removing the prohibition on using debit cards for gambling machines, reviewing age limits for Cat D machines and reviewing licence fees.

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UK Music report: foreign and domestic tourists at festivals and concerts Published Date: 22/07/2023

UK Music has published a new report called “Here, There and Everywhere”.

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Scottish Government consults on raising minimum unit pricing Published Date: 22/07/2023

According to reports, the alcohol trade is being surveyed by the Scottish Government on the MUP, with options including keeping it at 50p, or increases to 60p, 70p, 80p or more than 80p.

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Taxi driver fined following a successful prosecution by Telford & Wrekin Council Published Date: 22/07/2023

A taxi driver has been fined and had his licence put under review, after caught picking up fares without a booking and invalid insurance, in an undercover operation by Telford and Wrekin Council.

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Successful prosecutions for licensing offences Published Date: 21/07/2023

Tewkesbury Borough Council has successfully prosecuted three companies for private hire vehicle licensing offences.

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Home Office: Police led alcohol intervention checklist and toolkit Published Date: 21/07/2023

The Home Office has published a toolkit developed by Alcohol Change UK, to provide additional support to police forces across England and Wales.

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Premises convicted for offences under the Licensing Act 2003 and H&S at Work Act Published Date: 20/07/2023

Mr Restat Yilmaz, owner of a late-night refreshment premises known as Speedy Peppers in Worksop, has been prosecuted for "serious" breaches of both the Licensing Act 2003 and the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974.

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Consultation outcome published: Licensing Act 2003: regulatory easements consultation responses (updated 14th August) Published Date: 20/07/2023

The Government had originally confirmed that provisions relating to off-sales and TENs will not be extended, but will revert to the pre-covid position when the BPA measures expire. UPDATE 14TH AUGUST: That position looks set to change as it has been widely reported that the provisions will now be extended and the gov.uk website has been updated to remove the detail previously shown under 'next steps'.

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Update on Gambling Commission's plans for Gambling Act Review implementation Published Date: 18/07/2023

The Commission said it will "this month" open our first consultations in the implementation of the Government’s Gambling Act Review White Paper.

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Gambling Commission welcomes ICO backing for consumer protection initiatives Published Date: 18/07/2023

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has been working with the Government and the Gambling Commission to support the delivery of new safeguards for gambling consumers.

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Oxford driver prosecuted for driving a PHV without a licence Published Date: 18/07/2023

Mr Asmeron Kiflay GHAYM was successfully prosecuted at Oxford Magistrates Court on 30th June 2023 for driving a Private Hire Vehicle without a licence and without valid insurance in November 2022.

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Betfred to pay £3.25 million for anti-money laundering and safer gambling failings Published Date: 18/07/2023

Betfred will pay a £3.25 million settlement to socially responsible causes after a Gambling Commission investigation found failings in anti-money laundering (AML) and safer gambling measures in place at the bookmaker’s betting shops.

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Business and Planning Act 2020 (Pavement Licences) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 Update Published Date: 18/07/2023

The Business and Planning Act 2020 (Pavement Licences) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 has been signed in to law.

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Wales as a Global Tourist Destination – Report by the House of Commons Committee Published Date: 18/07/2023

House of Commons Committee report finds that tourism makes a significant contribution to the Welsh economy, providing employment for around 12% of the Welsh workforce.

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Amended guidance on the late night levy Published Date: 14/07/2023

The Government has published amended late night levy guidance.

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Country house three-day event halted by council Published Date: 14/07/2023

A three-day rave at a Georgian manor house has been cancelled by authorities on the day it was due to start.

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Taxi and private hire vehicle statistics, England: 2023 Published Date: 11/07/2023

The DfT has published the 2023 Taxi and Private Hire vehicle statistics including, for the first time, tables that include data for Wales.

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Former taxi driver pays price for driving without licence Published Date: 10/07/2023

A former taxi driver has been ordered to pay nearly £2,000 after driving a hackney carriage without a valid driver’s licence.

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Welsh Government announce "Food and Drink Festivals and Events Fund" Published Date: 09/07/2023

A £300,000 fund to provide support for food and drink festivals and events across Wales opens for applications.

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Government issue statement on Safer Streets Round Five Published Date: 07/07/2023

Suella Braverman, Secretary of State for the Home Department, has issued a statement in Safer Streets Round Five.

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Scotland launches licensing of activities involving animals consultation Published Date: 07/07/2023

The Scottish Government are seeking views on proposals to extend licensing to currently unlicensed animal-related services and update the licensing framework for other currently licensed animal-related services.

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Fuller’s named as Corporate Community Her Published Date: 06/07/2023

PubAid and the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group have named Fuller's as this year's Corporate Community Hero.

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Hilton couple fined for unlicensed dog breeding Published Date: 05/07/2023

Mr Shaun and Mrs Sue Hunt from Sutton Lane, Hilton were found guilty of unlicensed dog breeding from their home address and ordered to pay fines totalling £24,179.70 at Derby Magistrates’ Court earlier this week (Monday, 26 June).

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NHS doubles gambling clinics as referrals soar Published Date: 05/07/2023

Seven new gambling addiction clinics will open this summer as NHS services face record demand, chief executive Amanda Pritchard announced today.

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Small society lotteries registered with local authorities - minimum age limit Published Date: 04/07/2023

Local authorities are being asked to encourage society lottery operators not to sell tickets to anyone under the age of 18, ahead of legislative changes planned to increase the legal age limit.

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Department for Communities open window for draft codes submissions Published Date: 03/07/2023

The Department for Communities, part of the Northern Ireland Executive, has announced that it has opened the window for submission of draft codes of practice which have been produced by a person or group who have a relevant interest in matters surrounding intoxicating liquor in licensed premises and/or registered clubs.

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South Wales Police urge Swansea Council to re-adopt CIP Published Date: 03/07/2023

South Wales Police said in a submission to the council that any expansion of the late-night economy would have consequences for policing, and that these consequences would be felt throughout the force's Swansea and Neath Port Talbot division.

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Legal action threatened over festival drug testing licensing Published Date: 03/07/2023

Parklife founder Sacha Lord has formally threatened legal action against the government over drug checking at festivals.

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Lessons learned: How to deliver effective regulation locally - National Audit Office Report Published Date: 30/06/2023

The National Audit Office has published an insight report on effective local regulation including the role of licensing as a regulatory tool.

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DfT publish revised home-to-school travel statutory guidance Published Date: 30/06/2023

DfT publish revised home-to-school travel statutory guidance including updated guidance on information sharing between licensing and education authorities.

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European Supermarket loses alcohol licence after selling illegal cigarettes and alcohol Published Date: 30/06/2023

A Coalville shop has been stripped of its licence to sell alcohol after Trading Standards seized more than 1,000 illicit tobacco products in a year.

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Illegal nightclub shuttered as Council acts to shut down menace to local community Published Date: 30/06/2023

Queens Lounge, also known as Tasty’s Restaurant, in Oldham Road, has for a number of years been the source of complaints for nearby residents, who have reported significant noise disturbance as well as anti-social behaviour taking place.

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Government publish resonse to consultation and revised statutory guidance re Home to School Travel and Transport Published Date: 29/06/2023

The statutory guidance has been updated to help local authorities perform their functions in relation to home to school travel for children of compulsory school age.

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Home Office Consultation: Firearms licensing: recommendations for changes Published Date: 29/06/2023

The consultation seeks views on seeking views on a number of recommendations made to the government relating to firearms licensing. The consultation closes at 11:59pm on 23 August 2023

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Survey suggests councillors are quitting over in-person meetings Published Date: 29/06/2023

LGA survey finds one in 10 councils have had a councillor step down in their authority since May 2021 due to the requirement for them to attend council meetings in-person.

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Home Office Refusal of Security Business Licensing Leaves Void in Counter Terrorism Duty says NTIA & UKDSA Published Date: 26/06/2023

The NTIA & UKDSA have expressed "huge concern" over our ability to protect the public, with an estimated 4,000 frontline security resource supply companies working within the hospitality and night time economy which are untraceable by the Regulator and key Government departments.

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New report on the future of hospitality in Scotland Published Date: 26/06/2023

In 2021, one in 14 jobs in Scotland was in the food and accommodation service sector, adding around £1.3 billion to the Scottish economy quarterly. Yet, average pay in the hospitality sector is significantly lower than the Scottish average – in fact, accommodation and food services has the lowest median hourly pay of any industry, at £10 in 2022. Across all sectors, the Scottish median hourly wage was £15 for the same time period.

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Council failed to complete investigation and communicate decision to school taxi driver, Ombudsman finds Published Date: 26/06/2023

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found that a borough council “failed to communicate” with a taxi driver after it received untrue allegations against him.

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“Premises” - what can and cannot be closed using a closure order? Published Date: 22/06/2023

In a judgment handed down today, Fordham J has decided that “premises” for the purposes of Part 4, Chapter 3 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, are not an “area” or a “locality” or “any line drawn on a map” but must be somewhere which is objectively identifiable as a distinctive property or a distinctive part of a property.

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MPs "reject" attempt to revive animal welfare bill Published Date: 22/06/2023

MPs have rejected an attempt by Labour to force the government to revive its flagship animal welfare bill.

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Police Scotland Campaign to Crack Down on Proxy Sales Published Date: 22/06/2023

Police Scotland has announced a crackdown on adults illegally purchasing alcohol for minors.

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Defra consultation: Government sets out plans to ban the keeping of primates as pets Published Date: 21/06/2023

Defra are consulting on proposals to introduce a specialist private primate keeper licensing regime in England, through regulations made under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

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Government accused of drug testing licensing U-turn Published Date: 21/06/2023

Sacha Lord founder of Parklife, says the Home Office informed him that a special licence would be needed for this year's Parklife 48 hours before the start of the event, but the application process takes three months.

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Cardiff licensed driver convicted of rape Published Date: 19/06/2023

Wales Online reported that the driver asked to use a customer's toilet in her house before forcing his way into her bedroom and raping her.

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Greene King teams with Best Bar None to champion safety Published Date: 18/06/2023

The PMA reported that the new multi-site accreditation scheme, the first issued by Best Bar None, covers Greene King’s nationwide.

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City families urged to check vehicle hire companies during Prom season Published Date: 18/06/2023

Parents and carers across the city of Wolverhampton are being urged to carry out important checks before hiring vehicles for Prom night.

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Market impact data on gambling behaviour Published Date: 18/06/2023

The Gambling Commission has published further data showing how gambling behaviour is reacting to current environmental factors in Great Britain.

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"Ambitious" plans to grow the economy and boost UK creative industries Published Date: 18/06/2023

Government’s plan to grow the creative industries by £50bn and support a million more jobs by 2030, with £77m of new funding for the sector announced.

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Seven Stoke-on-Trent taxi drivers hit with huge fines 'for putting public at risk' Published Date: 14/06/2023

Seven Stoke-on-Trent taxi drivers have been fined after a police sting found they 'put the public at risk'.

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Business and Planning Act 2020 (Pavement Licences) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 Published Date: 13/06/2023

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities have published the Regulations necessary to extend the Pavement Licensing regime beyond September 2023.

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Jeremy Allen Award 2023 - now open for nominations! Published Date: 12/06/2023

The nomination period for the 2023 award runs from 12th June and nominations are invited by 3rd parties by no later than 8th September 2023

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DBS launches refreshed 2025 strategy Published Date: 09/06/2023

The refreshed five-year strategy remains focussed on quality and safeguarding.

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Court of Session finds Edinburgh’s short-term let licensing policy to be unlawful Published Date: 08/06/2023

The City of Edinburgh Council’s licensing scheme for short-term lets operators has been deemed unlawful at the Court of Session.

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Reminder: Alcohol Licensing Fees Consultation Published Date: 06/06/2023

The Home Office's Alcohol Licensing Fees Consultation ends on 22 June 2023.

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Paddy Power and Betfair fined for marketing to vulnerable customers Published Date: 06/06/2023

PPB Counterparty Services Limited, trading as Paddy Power and Betfair, is to pay £490,000 for sending promotional push notifications to devices linked to customers who had self-excluded.

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Public attitudes to and awareness of minimum pricing for alcohol in Wales Published Date: 06/06/2023

The Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Act 2018 was implemented on the 2nd March 2020. This report provides findings on attitudes and behaviours around alcohol consumption and to perceptions of the introduction of a minimum price for alcohol.

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Scottish Government Taxi and Private Hire Car Licensing Best Practice Guidance Published Date: 06/06/2023

The Scottish Government's Taxi and Private Hire Car Licensing Best Practice Guidance has been published.

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Complaints about non-surgical procedures ‘rising at alarming rate’ in UK Published Date: 05/06/2023

Industry body and local government call for action on ‘risky’ procedures and cosmetic treatment market.

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Home Office publish Martyn's Law draft evaluation guidance Published Date: 04/06/2023

The Home Office has published standard terrorism evaluation and draft standard terrorism evaluation guidance that will accompany the Terrorism (Protection of premises) Bill.

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Partnership taxi opp helps keep district’s roads safe Published Date: 04/06/2023

More than 100 taxis were randomly spot checked in a recent multi-agency operation near East Midlands Airport.

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Hidden Economy Conditionality: Scotland & Northern Ireland Update Published Date: 31/05/2023

The rules for completing a tax check changed on 4 April 2022 in England and Wales, and will change on 2 October 2023 in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Institute of Licensing Response to the consultation on the Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle (Wales) Bill: White Paper Published Date: 31/05/2023

The Institute of Licensing has published its response to the Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle (Wales) Bill White Paper.

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Government drop Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill Published Date: 29/05/2023

A bill aimed at banning live animal exports and introducing powers to tackle puppy smuggling has been dropped by the government.

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LGA produce Licensing Committee flyer Published Date: 26/05/2023

The LGA has produced a flyer to promote being on a licensing committee to new councillors.

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LGA issue EA scrap metal database reminder Published Date: 26/05/2023

The LGA has reminded councils to remember to update the Environment Agency with scrap metal licences.

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DEFRA consultation re Penalty notices for animal health and welfare offences Published Date: 26/05/2023

This consultation seeks views on the government’s proposals to introduce penalty notices for animal health and welfare offences in England.

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Gambling Commission sets out it future research programme Published Date: 25/05/2023

As part of the commission's role as a "people-focussed and evidence-led regulator", it has set out its "Evidence Gaps and Priorities" direction of travel for the next three years.

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Gambling Commission publish statistics on participation and problem gambling for the year to March 2023 Published Date: 25/05/2023

The Gambling Commission has published its statistics on participation and problem gambling for the year to March 2023 showing that overall participation in any gambling activity (in the last four weeks) remained statistically stable at 44 percent.

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Government not taking “appalling” harms from alcohol seriously enough - Public Accounts Committee Published Date: 25/05/2023

The Public Accounts Committee's "Alcohol treatment services" report has concluded that the Government is not taking “appalling” harms from alcohol seriously enough.

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Private hire driver convicted following Henley Regatta enforcement operation Published Date: 24/05/2023

A private hire driver must pay nearly £2,000 in fines after being found guilty of a string of driving offences at last year’s Henley Regatta.

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JR refused on Council CCTV policy for Taxis Published Date: 24/05/2023

Taxi association fails to obtain permission for judicial review of South Cambridgeshire District Council’s CCTV policy

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Greggs and Westminster agree deal on Leicester Square late night operations Published Date: 20/05/2023

Baker Greggs and Westminster City Council have reached a deal in their dispute over whether an outlet in Leicester Square can sell hot food all night.

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Houses in Multiple Occupation (Asylum-Seeker Accommodation)(England) Regulations 2023 Published Date: 20/05/2023

The Houses in Multiple Occupation (Asylum-Seeker Accommodation) (England) Regulations 2023 ("the Regulations") will temporarily exempt landlords that enter into a tenancy with asylum seekers after the date in which the Regulations come into force from the obligation to obtain a HMO licence for a period of two years.

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SIA launches new licensing videos to guide applicants through licence application process Published Date: 20/05/2023

The Security Industry Authority (SIA) launched 8 new guidance videos for licence applicants and existing licence holders.

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Government publishes response to late night levy consultation. Published Date: 19/05/2023

The Government has published its response to the consultation on the level of the late night levy to late night refreshment premises and will now go ahead with the option for local authorities to offer a 30% reduction to LNR providers that qualify for small business rates relief.

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House of Lords debate on the Licensing Act 2003 (Liaison Committee Report) Published Date: 18/05/2023

The House of Lords has debated the Liaison Committee Report on the Licensing Act 2003. Particular areas of focus include the co-ordination of licensing and planning systems; the agent of change principle; training; access to licensed premises for disabled people; the night-time economy; the pricing and taxation of alcohol; the sale of alcohol airside at airports; application systems; and the national database for personal licence holders.

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Gambling Advertising and the White Paper - Article by Gerald Gouriet KC Published Date: 17/05/2023

The Secretary of State’s introduction to the white paper makes a number of bold claims, amongst them being: “we will tackle aggressive advertising”. This article by Gerald Gouriet KC takes a look at the proposals in the white paper relating to gambling advertising generally (aggressive or otherwise), and questions the extent to which it is tackled at all.

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Unlicensed dog breeders prosecuted Published Date: 14/05/2023

Our Animal Welfare Officer has successfully led a prosecution in relation to the operation of an unlicensed dog breeding establishment at Wyke Heather, Normandy, Guildford.

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Prosecution of illegal cattery Published Date: 14/05/2023

Wealden District Council has prosecuted a Heathfield woman for running an illegal cattery. Mrs Mandy Papps, of 39 Swaines Way Heathfield pleaded guilty to Hastings Magistrates Court, admitting to running a cattery business at her home without a licence from Wealden District Council.

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Gambling Commission's plans for implementation of the Gambling Act Review White Paper Published Date: 14/05/2023

In a blog post, Tim Miller, the Commission's Executive Director for research and policy, explains what the Commission will do to implement the Gambling Act Review White Paper.

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Leeds City Council's alcohol licensing data matrix Published Date: 14/05/2023

Leeds’ licensing and public health teams worked together to develop an alcohol licensing data matrix. This matrix demonstrates where a locality is at risk of health harms from licensing activity by ranking localities against each other through comparing different data sets.

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Manchester City Council embed the principles of Martyn’s Law in existing licensing framework Published Date: 14/05/2023

Following the tragic Manchester Arena terror attack in 2017, at which 22 people lost their lives, Manchester City Council proactively took steps to embed the principles of Martyn’s Law within the existing licensing framework to enhance and promote public safety in places and spaces where licensable activities take place in Manchester.

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Nightclub gets go-ahead for judicial review after council grants planning permission for regeneration scheme Published Date: 09/05/2023

A Maidenhead night club has won permission to judicially review a decision by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead to give planning permission for a regeneration scheme that would include its site.

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Government consultation on legitimate use of Nitrous Oxide Published Date: 04/05/2023

This consultation is aimed at organisations or individuals that manufacture, sell or use nitrous oxide as part of their business or for those who use it in a personal capacity where it is not used for its psychoactive effects.

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The Licensing (Form of Licence) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2023 Published Date: 04/05/2023

These regulations amend the current regulations to take account of the changes required to the existing form of licence, as a result of provisions within The Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2021.

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Institute of Licensing Response to consultation on Licensing Act 2003 Regulatory Easements Published Date: 04/05/2023

The Institute of Licensing's response to the Home Office's consultation on Licensing Act 2003 Regulatory Easements.

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Tamworth man prosecuted for pub health and safety breaches Published Date: 04/05/2023

Tamworth Borough Council has successfully prosecuted former White Lion pub landlord for health and safety breaches which caused a customer to fall down cellar stairs on the 6 March 2022, causing injuries requiring surgery.

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‘Martyn’s Law’ (The Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill) has been published Published Date: 02/05/2023

‘Martyn’s Law’ (The Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill) has been published along with Explanatory Notes, an Impact Assessment and a letter from Tom Tugendhat, Security Minister, to Dame Diana Johnson, Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee about the Bill.

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Gambling White Paper published Published Date: 27/04/2023

This white paper sets out the government’s plan for reform of gambling regulation following the review of the Gambling Act 2005.

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Mandatory Use of the NR3S is effective 27 April 2023 Published Date: 26/04/2023

From Thursday (27 April 2023), all Licensing Authorities in England are mandated to use the NR3S under the Taxi and Private Hire (Safety and Road Safety) Vehicle Act 2022. For Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, use of the database remains voluntary.

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GambleAware campaign to tackle stigma of gambling harms Published Date: 26/04/2023

GambleAware has launched a new campaign to tackle the stigma around gambling harms, after research showed 75 per cent of those who experience problems with gambling don’t feel able to open up to family and friends.

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Local Authority Awards for excellence - the RSPCA PawPrints Award is open for nominations Published Date: 26/04/2023

Applications are now open for the RSPCA’s PawPrints awards, which recognises public bodies who go the extra mile for animals and their welfare.

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Consultation on a Registration Scheme for Short-term Lets in England Published Date: 25/04/2023

The Government have published a consultation on a registration scheme for short-term lets in England, accompanied by the findings of a call for evidence held in 2022 on the development of a registration scheme.

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Review of the Disclosure and Barring Regime published Published Date: 23/04/2023

Report and recommendations of the independent review carried out by Simon Bailey CBE, QPM.

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Greggs to seek mediation in Westminster licensing case Published Date: 23/04/2023

Bakery chain Greggs is seeking mediation over a licensing dispute with Westminster City Council ahead of court action due next month.

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Licensing Act 2003 (Coronation Licensing Hours) Order 2023 Published Date: 23/04/2023

The Licensing Act 2003 (Coronation Licensing Hours) Order 2023 passes the last hurdle under the draft affirmative procedure.

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Institute of Licensing Consultation Response: Welsh Government - Special Procedures Consultation Published Date: 23/04/2023

The Institute of Licensing has published its response to the Welsh Government's consultation on Special Procedures Consultation.

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District Judge in Magistrates’ Court rules on lawfulness of remote licensing hearings Published Date: 18/04/2023

A District Judge has dismissed a challenge by a south London nightclub to the use of a remote hearing procedure by the London Borough of Lewisham to revoke its premises licence.

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Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill, Committee Stage, House of Lords, latest licensing related amendments Published Date: 16/04/2023

New amendments relating to virtual meetings by local authorities and transferring control of taxi and private hire vehicle licensing to both combined authorities and upper-tier authorities.

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Cocktail Club: Bar keeps licence after underage drinking Published Date: 16/04/2023

The BBC reported that a bar has kept its licence after accusations of underage drinking and claims of sexual harassment.

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Nightclub Premises Licence revoked following murder inside venue Published Date: 12/04/2023

Valesha’s Nightclub in Walsall has had its premises licence revoked following the murder of Akeem Francis-Kerr inside the venue shortly after 5am on 11 March 2023.

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Court to rule on lawfulness of remote licensing hearings Published Date: 12/04/2023

Silks, a south London nightclub, has appealed against a decision by the London Borough of Lewisham revoking its premises licence, following a number of incidents of violent disorder at the premises last year.

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Update from GOV.UK for: Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Act 2022 Published Date: 11/04/2023

Updated to reflect the new duties due to come into force 27 April 2023.

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Council in North West votes to consult on a Late Night Levy Published Date: 11/04/2023

Poppleston Allen reported that Bolton Council have resolved to consult on a Late Night Levy.

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150 pubs have shut this year as energy bills soar Published Date: 11/04/2023

It's been widely reported that more than 150 pubs have been forced to close their doors in English and Welsh communities due to spiking energy bills.

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Home Office launch "informal survey" on Alcohol Licensing Fees Published Date: 06/04/2023

The Home Office is conducting an "informal survey" of Licensing Authorities in England and Wales to determine the costs associated with alcohol licences.

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New measures to tackle child sexual abuse Published Date: 04/04/2023

People who work with children in England will be legally required to report child sexual abuse or face prosecution under government plans. These plans will apply to taxi and private hire licensing.

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"Pubs dread cliff edge" with energy bills set to rise by almost £20k - BBPA Published Date: 04/04/2023

British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) urges Government to ensure suppliers offer a renegotiation window for pubs and breweries locked into extortionate energy contracts.

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Westminster City Council launches Women’s Night Safety programme Published Date: 04/04/2023

The programme aims to tackle the highest level of sexual offences in London, focusing on the evening and night-time economy and forms part of the council’s wider Night Safety in Westminster campaign.

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Winners announced in PubAid Community Pub Hero Awards Published Date: 31/03/2023

Three pubs have been named as overall winners in the Community Pub Hero Awards, the national competition organised by PubAid and the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group (APPBG) and sponsored by Matthew Clark.

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Blakeney Woman sentenced for Animal Cruelty Published Date: 31/03/2023

Forest of Dean District Council (FODDC) has prosecuted an individual for offences relating to the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

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Cotswold dog boarder convicted of causing unnecessary harm following dog death Published Date: 29/03/2023

Cotswold District Council has prosecuted an individual for offences relating to the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

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Gambling Commission fines 32Red and Platinum Gaming £7.1m Published Date: 29/03/2023

Two online operators 32Red Limited and Platinum Gaming Limited, both part of Kindred Group plc, will pay a £7.1 million penalty for social responsibility and anti-money laundering failures.

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Government announce Anti-Social Behaviour Action Plan Published Date: 28/03/2023

The Anti-social Behaviour Action Plan sets out the government’s approach to stamping out anti-social behaviour and restoring the right of people to feel safe in, and proud of, their local area.

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William Hill face substantial fines for weak anti-money laundering controls Published Date: 28/03/2023

Three gambling firms owned by William Hill are to pay penalties of £19.2m for failing to protect consumers and weak anti-money laundering controls.

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Home Office consultation: Community safety partnerships review and antisocial behaviour powers Published Date: 27/03/2023

This is a consultation on the relationship between community safety partnerships and police and crime commissioners, and the expansion of antisocial behaviour powers.

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Update to training requirements for local authority inspectors Published Date: 27/03/2023

DEFRA have updated the statutory guidance, moving back the deadline for all inspectors to be qualified. The updated guidance makes provision to inspections by individuals who can show evidence of at least one year of experience in licensing and inspecting animal activities businesses, providing they are enrolled on a course leading to a Level 3 certificate qualification or equivalent to be completed by 1 October 2023 and granted by a body recognised and regulated by Ofqual.

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Tourism Recovery Plan Update Published Published Date: 26/03/2023

Government has announced the publication of the Tourism Recovery Plan Progress Report, which sets out how the government has addressed the commitments made in 2021 to support the tourism industry.

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Gambling Commission publish March Licensing Authority Bulletin Published Date: 26/03/2023

The Licensing Authority Bulletin is published every 3 months to update licensing authorities with news and relevant updates from the Gambling Commission.

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Private Hire Driver Prosecuted Published Date: 26/03/2023

Birmingham City Council Licensing Enforcement received a complaint about overcharging, alleging that the driver tried to charge £25 for a 4-mile journey.

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Briefing Note on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 Published Date: 25/03/2023

This briefing note examines the workings and impact of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (“ROA 1974”), as amended and its application to licensing, together with the use of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). It is intended to assist licensing professionals, lawyers, councillors and applicants and licensees, but does not constitute legal advice.

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NAFN issue revised NR3S revised guidance Published Date: 24/03/2023

NAFN has issued revised NR3S guidance following confirmation that the taxi database will be the designated database under the Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Act (TPHV) 2022.

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IoL Chair gives evidence to Lords "Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities" inquiry Published Date: 21/03/2023

Institute of Licensing chair, Dan Davies, has appeared before the House of Lords Liaison Committee that held an inquiry into the regeneration of seaside towns and communities.

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East Riding calls on residents to ensure they use licensed pet care while on holiday Published Date: 19/03/2023

The council is calling on pet owners to make sure that they are employing licensed carers for their pets when on holiday.

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Institute of Licensing Response to consultation: Restricting alcohol advertising and promotion Published Date: 19/03/2023

The Institute of Licensing has published its response to the Scottish Government's consultation on restricting alcohol advertising and promotion.

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IoL Consultation Response: Welsh Government re Statutory licensing scheme for all visitor accommodation providers in Wales Published Date: 19/03/2023

The Institute of Licensing has published its response to the Welsh Government's consultation on a statutory licensing scheme for all visitor accommodation providers in Wales.

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Scrap metal dealer could lose licence following £400k fine Published Date: 19/03/2023

A SCRAP metal dealer may lose its licence after being fined £400,000 for illegally dumping waste reports the Local Democracy Reporter.

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Greater Manchester Combined Authority: “Trailblazer” deeper devolution deal Published Date: 16/03/2023

“Trailblazer” deeper devolution deal, agreed between the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the UK government.

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Tax Conditionality to apply in Scotland and Northern Ireland from October 2023 Published Date: 15/03/2023

This measure extends existing tax checks for taxi and scrap metal licences in England and Wales to licences in Scotland and Northern Ireland from October 2023.

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Partnership working is the “superpower” of the industry Published Date: 13/03/2023

The “superpower” of the industry is when it works together, delegates heard at the National Pubwatch Conference, which was held in Swindon this week. This was the view of BII CEO Steve Alton who said that “Collaboration and partnership are key” for the pub industry and late-night economy.

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‘Prohibition of loyalty schemes' due to come into effect in April Published Date: 13/03/2023

Section 20 ‘Prohibition of loyalty schemes,’ of the Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2021 is due to come into effect on 6 April 2023.

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Welsh Government sets out proposals to modernise taxi services in Wales Published Date: 09/03/2023

Plans to modernise taxi services across Wales have been outlined in a white paper on the Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle (Wales) Bill published by the Welsh Government today (Thursday 9 March).

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IoL Responds to Scottish Government Consultation: Restricting alcohol advertising and promotion Published Date: 09/03/2023

The IoL has responded to the Scottish Government Consultation: Restricting alcohol advertising and promotion.

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Daniel Davies re-elected as IoL National Chairman Published Date: 07/03/2023

We are delighted to confirm that Daniel Davies has been re-elected as National Chairman for a further 3-year period.

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Advisory Council recommendations on control of nitrous oxide published Published Date: 07/03/2023

A review commissioned by the government has stopped short of recommending a ban on laughing gas after examining the dangers of the substance.

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Private hire driver fined after operating without a licence in Reading Published Date: 07/03/2023

Driver found to be operating without a licence fined £982 following investigation by licensing officers.

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Consultation: Licensing Act 2003: regulatory easements Published Date: 06/03/2023

This consultation sets out for consultation proposals on a number of regulatory easements, including off-sales and Temporary events notices (TENs).

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City council settles claim alleging "discriminatory" pavement licensing policy Published Date: 05/03/2023

City of York Council has settled a wheelchair user's judicial review claim, which argued the local authority's pavement licensing policy was discriminatory.

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Culture Secretary encourages public to add Coronation events to digital map Published Date: 05/03/2023

An interactive map detailing events taking place to celebrate the Coronation will be launched this week by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport

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King's Coronation: Pubs to stay open longer in England and Wales Published Date: 05/03/2023

The consultation saw substantial support from hospitality sector and the public.

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Hospitality strategy: reopening, recovery, resilience: update on delivery report published Published Date: 05/03/2023

This strategy was published in July 2021, and sets out how the UK government will work with the hospitality sector, as it reopens and recovers from COVID-19, to build the sector’s longer term resilience.

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Manchester Arena - Volume Three of the Inquiry Report Published Date: 02/03/2023

The Chairman of the Manchester Arena Inquiry has published Volume Three of his report into the death of the 22 victims of the attack on 22nd May 2017.

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NR3 national taxi refusals database now include suspensions (England) Published Date: 28/02/2023

The Secretary of State for Transport, The Rt Hon Mark Harper MP, has written to licensing authorities to confirm the creation of the National Register for Revocations, Refusals and Suspensions (NR3S) expanding the scope of NR3 hosted by the National Anti-Fraud Network. (NB: Currently applicable to England only)

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Council to keep late night levy despite consultation responses calling for scheme to be ditched Published Date: 26/02/2023

Liverpool City Council has resolved to continue with its Late Night Levy, noting that it represents a "valuable source of income" for initiatives targeting problems associated with the late-night economy.

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Midlands Council decide not to proceed with further consideration of an Early Morning Restriction Order Published Date: 26/02/2023

Walsall Council’s Licensing and Safety Committee voted unanimously not to seek further statistics and evidence.

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Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill Committee Stage - Amendment relating to remote meetings Published Date: 22/02/2023

New Clause tabled by Baroness Mcintosh of Pickering (Conservative) would enable local authorities to meet virtually.

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NALC propose Bill amendment to allow hybrid hearings Published Date: 19/02/2023

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has urged the House of Lords to back amendments to the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill that would allow councils to hold remote meetings and suspend councillors who breach the code of conduct, amongst other measures.

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Liverpool City Council decides to continue with Late Night Levy Published Date: 19/02/2023

Liverpool City Council’s Licensing Committee met last week and decided to retain the Levy and not to propose any changes to the Levy.

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Figures show low conviction rate for drink spiking Published Date: 19/02/2023

Figures obtained by the BBC suggest that while there were nearly 5,000 reports of spiking-related incidents to forces in 2021/22, there were just 40 convictions in four years.

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NTIA and Savenightife CIC launch the Night Safe Champion Programme Published Date: 19/02/2023

NTIA and Savenightife CIC have joined forces with Safeguarding Nightlife to launch the new Night Safe Champion Programme, which will focus on the key challenges faced in the nighttime economy and hospitality communities.

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NTIA Night Time Economy Report Published Published Date: 19/02/2023

NTIA 's night time economy report shows independent businesses and culture most at risk.

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Midlands Council considering Early Morning Restriction Order Consultation Published Date: 16/02/2023

Poppleston Allen reported Walsall Council is considering whether to consult upon the possible implementation of an EMRO.

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Festivities for the King’s Coronation weekend Published Date: 15/02/2023

Saturday 6 May marks the official coronation of His Majesty The King at Westminster Abbey. Given the last coronation was held in 1953, it is anticipated there will be significant local, national and international interest in this celebratory, solemn and historic moment.

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"Ban" on strip clubs in Edinburgh overturned after dancers win legal battle Published Date: 14/02/2023

A group of lap dancers and adult entertainment venues have won a legal battle to overturn a council decision ‘banning’ strip clubs in Edinburgh.

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Third taxi driver fined for offering illegal rides at Henley Regatta Published Date: 14/02/2023

A third Hackney carriage driver has been convicted of illegally plying for hire and at last summer’s Henley Regatta.

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UK pub closures in 2022 near to highest level in a decade Published Date: 14/02/2023

Pub and bar bankruptcies across the UK were near the highest level in a decade with more than 500 businesses folding last year, data from the Insolvency Service has found.

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Nitrous Oxide: Call for Evidence Published Date: 10/02/2023

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) Nitrous Oxide working group has issued a call for evidence to help in their formulation of advice to government.

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High court overrules Bournemouth’s unlimited strip club policy Published Date: 09/02/2023

The High Court has allowed a claim for judicial review brought against a local authority’s decision to impose no limit on the number of strip clubs it would license.

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Government reiterates commitment on licensing of non-surgical aesthetics sector in England Published Date: 09/02/2023

The JCCP, British Beauty Council, and the Chartered Institute for Environmental Health (CIEH) have received assurance from the UK Government that it’s committed to the licensing of the non-surgical aesthetics sector in England.

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Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee launch inquiry into Pet welfare and abuse Published Date: 09/02/2023

The increasingly available evidence of cruel practices involving pets has prompted the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee to launch an inquiry today into Pet welfare and abuse.

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High Court rule Covid licence revocation was justified Published Date: 06/02/2023

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council was entitled to revoke the licence of a pub that stayed open in breach of pandemic-era regulations, the High Court has ruled.

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IoL and partners celebrate National Apprenticeship Week Published Date: 06/02/2023

The Institute of Licensing (IoL), Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI), and Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) are celebrating National Apprenticeship Week by encouraging employers to explore the opportunity of apprentices and by promoting Regulatory Compliance Officer apprenticeships.

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Taxi and PHV Licensing - Changes to Type Approval Published Date: 06/02/2023

DfT highlight change in vehicle type approval standards from 1st January 2023 that may impact the specifications which licensing authorities publish for vehicles to be used for taxis and private hire vehicles and other purposes.

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DBS checks and the requirement for separate checks for taxi driving and home to school transport Published Date: 03/02/2023

In October 2022, IoL President James Button wrote to the DfT outlining concerns at the current arrangements which require separate DBS checks for licensed drivers for normal hackney carriage / private hire work and for home to school transport.

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Factsheet: “Martyn’s Law” - What you need to know Published Date: 01/02/2023

The Homeland Security Group has provided a factsheet for organisations in order to socialise what the law will do, what the tier system is and how the law will be managed.

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New education films explain the role of Pubwatches and their powers Published Date: 01/02/2023

Licensees who want to set up or know more about the issues surrounding Pubwatches can get all the information they need by watching a new range of short information films on NPW FAQ YouTube page.

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Office for National Statistics Publish Night-time Economy Statistics Published Date: 29/01/2023

The Office for National Statistics has published night-time economy statistics for the UK in 2022 with a focus on understanding the people who work during the evening and night across the UK.

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MPs call for review of statutory notice guidance amid warning that local papers face continued decline Published Date: 29/01/2023

Members of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee have recommended expanding the BBC's Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) and called for a review of the statutory notices rules amid a warning that local news offerings will continue to decline without Government support.

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Birmingham City Council Revokes The Crane's Nightclub Licence Published Date: 29/01/2023

A Birmingham City Council licensing sub-committee has revoked a nightclub's licence in light of a fatal stabbing that took place at the venue.

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Wales to introduce UK-first mandatory national licensing scheme for special procedures such as tattoos Published Date: 29/01/2023

Wales is set to become the first UK nation to introduce a mandatory national licensing scheme for tattoo artists and those working in body piercing, semi-permanent make-up, acupuncture and electrolysis, Chief Medical Officer Frank Atherton has announced.

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Gambling Minister speaks ahead of Gambling Act Review Published Date: 29/01/2023

Gambling Minister, Paul Scully's, speech at the Betting and Gaming Council Annual General Meeting ahead of the forthcoming publication of the Gambling Act Review.

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Ban on use and sale of "laughing gas" considered Published Date: 29/01/2023

A ban on the sale and use of, Nitrous Oxide, also known as "laughing gas", in England and Wales is being considered by the government.

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Taxi driver convicted and fined for offering rides illegally at Henley Regatta Published Date: 23/01/2023

A Buckinghamshire hackney carriage driver has been convicted of illegally plying for hire at Henley Regatta.

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Home Office trial shows overwhelming support among clubbers at top venue for new digital ID technology Published Date: 23/01/2023

A five-month Home Office trial of the digital ID app developed by 1account, a leading provider of age verification and digital ID technology, has shown overwhelming acceptance by clubgoers at REKOM UK’s Tru Camberley venue in Surrey.

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Revised animal activities licensing statutory guidance for local authorities published Published Date: 23/01/2023

Guidance for local authority inspectors on licensing activities involving animals.

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Street parties to celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort over a weekend of special events Published Date: 23/01/2023

Millions of people across the country and the Commonwealth are invited to celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort over a weekend of special events.

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Council modifies restaurants licence after alcohol sold to underage teenagers Published Date: 23/01/2023

A town centre restaurant has had its licence modified after selling alcohol to underage customers.

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North Yorkshire Council set to introduce new single taxi licence fee across the county Published Date: 23/01/2023

A single fee for taxi licences across North Yorkshire is set to be introduced by the county’s new council.

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Council extends venue’s licence suspension after crush deaths Published Date: 17/01/2023

Lambeth Council yesterday suspended the O2 Academy Brixton’s premises licence for a further three months following last month’s tragic crush.

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Gov.uk Licensing Service Extension Announcement Published Date: 16/01/2023

The Cabinet Digital Office have issued a statement confirming the extension of the gov.uk online licensing forms system.

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Taxi driver fined for leaving blind couple with guide dogs stranded Published Date: 13/01/2023

A taxi driver has been fined for refusing to pick up a blind couple as they had their guide dogs with them.

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Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013: supplementary guidance updated Published Date: 13/01/2023

Updates to Guidance on commonly raised issues in relation to the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 have been published.

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Scottish Government issue revised Licensing Guidance to Licensing Boards Published Date: 13/01/2023

The Scottish Government has today (13 January 2023) published the 2nd edition of Guidance to Licensing Boards.

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24 Rochdale taxi firms merge to form a cooperative Published Date: 13/01/2023

Twenty-four taxi companies in Rochdale have formed a single co-operative organisation called Tiger 2000. The new structure means any car operated by any of the 24 firms will be able to operate across the borough instead of in their core areas.

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Government says there is 'no need' for a specific offence for spiking Published Date: 11/01/2023

Home Office Minister Sarah Dines MP has confirmed in a letter to the Home Affairs Committee that following careful consideration, the Government has concluded that a new offence is not required and will not be bringing in new legislation.

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Penalties for gambling breaches - Daub Alderney Limited v Gambling Commission Published Date: 10/01/2023

Practitioners will be aware that in recent years, the Gambling Commission has handed down some significant financial penalties for breaches of operating licences. In an appeal recently heard by the First Tier Tribunal, Daub, a subsidiary of the Rank Group, challenged a penalty imposed by the Commission. The appeal was dismissed, and the judgment contains some helpful analysis for operators and their advisers.

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Vanity Soho SEV licence suspended after alleged spikings Published Date: 10/01/2023

A central London sexual entertainment venue (SEV), Vanity, has had its licence suspended after several customers claimed to have lost a total of £250,000 after being spiked.

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Government consultation: Late night levy (closes 4 April 2023) Published Date: 10/01/2023

The Government are consulting on the level of charge to be applied to late night refreshment premises in England and Wales. This is in order to commence legislative changes made to the late night levy.

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Government publish Martyn’s Law factsheet Published Date: 05/01/2023

The Home Office has issued a fact sheet, setting out more detail on the proposed Protect Duty.

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Melton Mowbray remove CIP Published Date: 05/01/2023

Melton Mowbray removed their cumulative impact policy and adopted a new Statement of Licensing Policy.

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All TfL private hire vehicles licensed for first time to be zero-emission capable Published Date: 05/01/2023

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that as of 1 January 2023 all private hire vehicles licensed for the first time will be required to be zero-emission capable.

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Nominations invited for IoL Chairman position Published Date: 05/01/2023

In accordance with the IoL's election policy, IoL members are invited to submit expressions of interest or nominations for the position of National Chairman. Current Chairman Daniel Davies has confirmed that he is happy to continue in post subject to re-election.

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Tewkesbury Council prosecute dog breeder and seller for fraudulent actions Published Date: 05/01/2023

Tewkesbury Borough Council has prosecuted an individual for offences relating to the Fraud Act 2006. The Tewkesbury Borough resident, Sarah Dawes from Bishops Cleeve was alleged to have been breeding and selling dogs from her home address.

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Age verification technology in alcohol sales - trial findings published Published Date: 01/01/2023

The Government has published the key findings following trials of technology use for age verification in alcohol sales. A potential challenge to the use of digital proof of age is the mandatory condition set out in paragraph 3 of the Schedule to the Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Licensing Conditions) Order 2010, which requires presentation of identification bearing a holographic mark or ultraviolet feature upon request when purchasing alcohol.

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Crane nightclub faces urgent licence review after fatal stabbing Published Date: 30/12/2022

The nightclub where a 23-year-old footballer died during a knife attack may be forced to close as an urgent request to review its licence has been scheduled.

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Private hire driver convicted and fined for offering rides illegally at Henley Regatta Published Date: 23/12/2022

A private hire driver has been convicted of illegally plying for hire and driving without the right insurance at Henley Regatta.

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Brixton Academy licence suspended after fatal crush Published Date: 23/12/2022

The Brixton 02 Academy's licence has been suspended as it emerged concerns were raised about the strength of the front doors nearly three years before a fatal crush at a concert.

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Sensitive Information in Licensing Applications (SILA) - Update Published Date: 23/12/2022

When announcing Martyn's Law, Suella Braverman MP, The Home Secretary, also updated Parliament on Sensitive Information in Licensing Applications (SILA).

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Winchester taxi driver loses revocation appeal Published Date: 23/12/2022

A licensed driver whose licence was revoked by Winchester Council for touching a woman 'inappropriately', has lost his appeal.

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DCMS Committee to examine regulation of gambling Published Date: 21/12/2022

MPs are to examine the Government’s approach to the regulation of gambling, following warnings that more needs to be done to protect people, including children, from gambling-related harm.

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Home Office issue revised s.182 guidance under the Licensing Act 2003 Published Date: 20/12/2022

The Home Office has today (20 December 2022) issued revised s.182 guidance under the Licensing Act 2003.

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Martyn’s Law: Draft legislation due in the Spring Published Date: 19/12/2022

New legislation will be introduced to tighten security at venues. Dubbed Martyn's Law, after one of the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing, the rules will cover all of the UK and require venues and local authorities to have preventative action plans against terror attacks, the Government said.

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Government announces six-month extension to alcohol duty freeze Published Date: 19/12/2022

The freeze to UK alcohol duty rates has been extended six months to 1 August 2023, the government announced today (19 December 2022).

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Homeland Security Policy Update Published Date: 19/12/2022

In this statement by Suella Braverman, the Home Secretary includes her intention to introduce SILA (sensitive information in licensing applications) alongside her confirmation of the Protect Duty (Martyn's Law). SILA will be introduced through amendments to the Licensing Act 2003 to 'align to the similar system already in place within planning legislation (Sensitive Information in Planning Applications (SIPA)), to reduce the risk of misuse of sensitive information in the public domain.'

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South Wales Police Launch Designated Driver Scheme ‘DES’. Published Date: 18/12/2022

As part of Cardiff & Vale’s drink drive campaign, South Wales Police alongside twenty-five pubs and restaurant have launched their DES (Designated Driver) Scheme.

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Wales consult on proposed new licensing scheme for visitor accommodation Published Date: 18/12/2022

The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on establishing a statutory licensing scheme for all visitor accommodation providers in Wales.

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LGA responds to ONS alcohol death data Published Date: 18/12/2022

The Local Government Association said “Now, more than ever, we need a concerted approach to tackling the issue of alcohol-related harms. Trends have worsened, and a proactive effort is needed to turn the tide."

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Government consults on extended licensing hours for Coronation Published Date: 18/12/2022

The government has launched a consultation on proposals to relax the licensing hours for His Majesty the King’s coronation.

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Home Office Consultation on proposals update Section 182 Guidance to make reference to spiking (Dec 2022) Published Date: 16/12/2022

The Home Office are consulting on proposals to update the Section 182 Guidance to make reference to drink spiking. This follows the Home Affairs Committee report published in April 2022, and the subsequent Government reponse to the report recommendations (published in July 2022).

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Glasgow night-time industry must provide staff travel home Published Date: 09/12/2022

Glasgow City Council has passed a motion requiring hospitality businesses to provide free and safe transport home for late night workers after 23:00. Source: BBC News

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Greene King leads the way in achieving Best Bar None’s new multi-site accreditation Published Date: 09/12/2022

Greene King is set to become the first pub operator to have its entire managed house estate accredited by Best Bar None, the Home Office and industry supported scheme that recognises and promotes the highest possible operating standards and provides customers with the reassurance of a well-managed environment in which to socialise.

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Government supports a new public sexual harassment offence Published Date: 09/12/2022

Home Secretary announces support for Private Member’s Bill to make public sexual harassment an offence. The bill will lead to harsher sentences for perpetrators.

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Business rates revaluation 2023 Published Date: 09/12/2022

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has updated the rateable values of all business, and other non-domestic, property in England and Wales.

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Concerns expressed at continued delay in Government response on local authority remote meetings Published Date: 09/12/2022

Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) and the Association of Democratic Services Officers (ADSO) have said they are “extremely dismayed” at the continued delay in the Government’s response to its call for evidence in respect of remote meeting attendance for local authorities.

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Government proposes extension to Scottish short-term lets licensing scheme deadline Published Date: 09/12/2022

The Scottish Government is making plans to extend the deadline by which hosts of short-term lets in Scotland, including Orkney, need to get a licence by six months.

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Participants needed for research into violence against women at night Published Date: 08/12/2022

Researchers from the University of Portsmouth are looking for people who work in the night-time economy to take part in a study about violence against women.

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Dog breeders successfully prosecuted under Animal Welfare Act Published Date: 06/12/2022

Tewkesbury Borough Council has successfully prosecuted two individuals for offences relating to the Animal Welfare Act 2006, Animal Licensing and Fraud Act offences.

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Purple Guide for the Events industry Published Date: 01/12/2022

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office has worked closely with The Events Industry Forum on the Purple Guide, offering considerations and advice that event staff can take to counter terrorism.

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10k fine for Huddersfield unlicensed dog breeder Published Date: 24/11/2022

An unlicensed dog breeder from Huddersfield has been fined £10,000. The case originally came to light following a visit to the property by Council Officers dealing with another matter.

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Unlicensed taxi driver convicted and fined for driving unsafe vehicle Published Date: 24/11/2022

A former taxi driver has been ordered to pay almost £2,000 after admitting to driving an unsafe vehicle while his own licence had expired.

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Tax Conditionality in Scotland and Northern Ireland delayed Published Date: 23/11/2022

The Autumn Statement 2022 sets out the decition by the government to delay the implementation of Tax Conditionality in Scotland and Northern Ireland until October 2023.

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Chairman's Special Recognition Award 2022: Philip Evans Published Date: 18/11/2022

Philip Evans, previously councillor for Conwy County Borough Council has been presented with the IoL's 2022 Chairman's Special Recognition in recognition of his exceptional contribution to licensing and his role as a licensing councillor.

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Yvonne Lewis announced as winner of the Jeremy Allen Award 2022 Published Date: 18/11/2022

The Institute of Licensing and Poppleston Allen Solicitors were delighted to announce Yvonne Lewis as winner of the 2022 Jeremy Allen Award for excellence in licensing.

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Susanna FitzGerald KC appointed Patron of the Institute of Licensing Published Date: 18/11/2022

The Institute of Licensing is delighted to announce that Susanna FitzGerald KC has agreed to join Jon Collins and Philip Kolvin KC as our Patron.

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Scotland Consultation: Restricting alcohol advertising and promotion Published Date: 17/11/2022

This consultation by the Scottish Government seeks views on potential restrictions to alcohol advertising and promotion in Scotland. The consultation will close on 9 March 2023.

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New measures to protect the most vulnerable from gambling in Westminster Published Date: 16/11/2022

A new policy approach for gambling premises in Westminster will help reduce the risk of people who may be vulnerable to gambling related harm in the city, Westminster City Council has announced.

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Nation’s nightclubs close doors at 'alarming' rate Published Date: 14/11/2022

One nightclub is closing every two days in a trend which threatens to see half of Britain’s remaining venues shut within a year, the industry has warned.

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Bar's licence suspended after appeal fails Published Date: 14/11/2022

A LEICESTER bar at the centre of concerns about crime, disorder and noise problems has had its licence suspended after failing to overturn new licensing conditions which had been put in place to protect the public.

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No World Cup Licensing Extension Published Date: 14/11/2022

The Government has confirmed there will be no licensing extension.

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Government respond to the post-legislative scrutiny of the Licensing Act 2003 Published Date: 09/11/2022

The Government has issued its response to the House of Lords Liaison Committee's report following up the Select Committee's post legislative scrutiny report on the Licensing Act 2003.

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Uber case could push up cost of taking PHVs Published Date: 06/11/2022

If Uber is successful in its case against Sefton Council, the cost of private hire journeys would jump by 20%.

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Bradford company director found guilty after failing to prove information to SIA Published Date: 06/11/2022

Bradford Magistrates’ Court found Usman Raees guilty in his absence of failing to provide information to the Security Industry Authority (SIA).

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LGA publish Licensing Committee training resources Published Date: 06/11/2022

The Local Government Association has published a range of resources and handbooks to help councillors with their role sitting on licensing committees.

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Health minister says he raised concerns about relaxing Ireland’s licensing laws Published Date: 06/11/2022

Ireland’s Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said he did raise public health concerns with his Government colleagues before they decided to relax the country’s licensing laws.

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Alcohol Licensing (Coronavirus) (Regulatory Easements) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 Published Date: 03/11/2022

The Alcohol Licensing (Coronavirus) (Regulatory Easements) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 , which was laid in parliament in September and came into effect on 29 September, has passed unopposed in both Houses, extending the off-sales provision in section 11(13) of the Business and Planning Act 2020 (modification of premises licences to authorise off-sales for limited period) until September 2023.

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Manchester Arena Inquiry Volume 2: Emergency Response Published Date: 03/11/2022

Volume 2 of the Manchester Arena Inquiry report has been published. This report sets out the chair’s findings and recommendations on the emergency response to the attack.

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Extension for DEFRA Animal Welfare Regulations Survey Published Date: 02/11/2022

DEFRA has extended the survey deadline for its survey to inform the review of the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 (LAIA regulations).

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Edinburgh City Council might review SEV "nil-cap" Published Date: 02/11/2022

A successful motion, calling for councillors to agree that a report be presented to the council's Regulatory Committee and that the committee re-examine the issue, has been agreed by Edinburgh City councillors.

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Best practice rewarded by National Pubwatch at glittering awards dinner at House of Lords Published Date: 23/10/2022

Reading Pubwatch has been given the top accolade as the National Pubwatch of the Year at a glittering event, sponsored by pub chain JD Wetherspoon, at the House of Lords last night.

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UK hospitality sector declines at fastest pace since lockdown Published Date: 23/10/2022

Tourism and recreation experienced the fastest fall in output of any UK business sector last month, the latest data shows.

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Newmarket SEV licence renewed despite objections Published Date: 23/10/2022

Heaven nightclub in Newmarket has licence renewed despite objections including from MP Matt Hancock

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Alcohol and late night refreshment licensing England and Wales, year ending 31 March 2022 Published Date: 23/10/2022

Alcohol licensing data to year ending March 2022 has been published by the Home Office.

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Guildford Licensing win prestigious RSPCA award Published Date: 23/10/2022

Guildford's licensing team has won a Bronze Animal Activity Licensing Award in the RSPCA PawPrints Awards for the fourth year running.

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Institute writes to Baroness Vere on dual DBS Issue Published Date: 20/10/2022

The Institute of Licensing has written to Baroness Vere to highlight the complexities faced by licensed drivers who undertake 'normal' taxi/PH work and school contracts.

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World Cup Guidance issued for pubs Published Date: 16/10/2022

With just a few weeks to go until the start of the 2022 World Cup, British pubs are getting ready to welcome fans to enjoy the beautiful game, and new guidance has been released to help them prepare

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MP calls for marine licenses to be issued by local councils Published Date: 13/10/2022

Giles Watling said the current licence issuer, the Marine Management Organisation, is ‘not fit for purpose’ with too much centralised power.

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Edinburgh consult on its alcohol licensing policy Published Date: 13/10/2022

Edinburgh’s Licensing Board is seeking views on the rules and requirements for licenses to sell alcohol - whether it’s sold for consumption on a premises (on-sales) or to take away (off-sales).

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Nottingham trials UK’s first wireless electric taxis on its ambitious journey to carbon neutrality Published Date: 11/10/2022

Cabbies in Nottingham can now wirelessly charge their electric taxis as part of a pioneering Government-backed trial which underlines the city’s ambitions to become the UK’s first carbon neutral city by 2028.

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London restaurants starved of staff and diners Published Date: 11/10/2022

The Times reported that a combination of train strikes, Covid and hybrid working is making life hard for many of London’s restaurants

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Funding to transform towns across Wales Published Date: 11/10/2022

The Welsh Government is encouraging local authorities to apply for its latest round of Transforming Towns loan funding.

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Scottish licensing scheme opens for short-term lets Published Date: 11/10/2022

A new licensing scheme for short-term let hosts opens today [1 October], aiming to ensure consistent safety standards while reinforcing the positive reputation of Scottish tourism and hospitality.

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"Rogue" taxi driver fined Published Date: 08/10/2022

A County Durham man has been ordered to pay over £800 after operating a private hire vehicle without having a current private hire operators' licence.

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Liverpool City Council consult on levy removal Published Date: 04/10/2022

Liverpool City Council have begun consultation on the existing Late Night Levy and whether it should be varied or removed.

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Fine for private hire driver who refused to take assistance dog Published Date: 04/10/2022

A private hire driver from Andover has been ordered to pay more than £400 after pleading guilty to refusing to take a customer’s assistance dog.

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Unlicensed dog breeder handed £10,000 bill Published Date: 03/10/2022

An unlicensed dog breeder from west Norfolk was prosecuted in court on Wednesday 28 September 2022.

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Change in right to work checks from 1st October 2022 Published Date: 03/10/2022

The adjustments to right to work checks introduced on 30 March 2020 as part of the response to coronavirus (COVID-19), has ended on 30 September 2022.

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Council not held liable for 'psychiatric damage' as a consequence of the negligent advice being given Published Date: 03/10/2022

High Court ruled Wokingham Borough Council was not liable for 'psychiatric damage' as a consequence of the negligent advice being given regarding the suitability of a vehicle purchased but subsequently found unsuitable for licensing.

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Licensing of taxis and PHVs for local authorities in England - guidance in one place Published Date: 02/10/2022

A new place for all taxis and private hire related guidance and information on gov.uk.

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DEFRA confirm inspectors do not need to complete a training course by 1 October 2022 Published Date: 29/09/2022

In DEFRA's updated Animal activities licensing statutory guidance for local authorities, it confirmed animal inspectors do not need their Level 3 Certificate for Animal Inspectors course by 1 October 2022.

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Stay safe against spiking, students warned Published Date: 27/09/2022

Students heading off for freshers week are being warned to look out for drink spiking.

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LGA publish Public Protection Services Handbook Published Date: 27/09/2022

The LGA has developed a councillor handbook on public protection services, which provides an overview of council environmental health, trading standards and licensing services.

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Defra review of the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 Published Date: 27/09/2022

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) are undertaking a post implementation review of the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 (the LAIA Regulations) to understand if the regulations have achieved their objectives and if any improvements are needed.

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Kept Animals Bill Published Date: 27/09/2022

DEFRA are gathering information to inform the Kept Animals Bill and would be keen to hear from councils about any challenges you anticipate around the introduction of a primate licensing scheme.

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Survey on harassment in the night-time economy Published Date: 27/09/2022

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust has developed a short survey to gather stakeholders views about the harassment of workers in the night-time economy. This survey will inform the Trust’s work on preventing sexual harassment.

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Review of the IoL's Guidance on determining the suitability of applicants and licensees in the hackney and private hire trades Published Date: 27/09/2022

The Institute is undertaking a review of its Suitability Guidance to ensure that it remains current, and to enable consideration of additional information which may usefully be included.

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The Alcohol Licensing (Coronavirus) (Regulatory Easements) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 Published Date: 23/09/2022

New regulations extending the period during which licensed premises can benefit from an automatic permission to provide off-sales have been made today (England and Wales).

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Alcohol Duty scrapped Published Date: 23/09/2022

Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has scrapped planned increases in the tax paid on beer, wine, spirits and cider.

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Guernsey taxi sector not fit for purpose, review finds Published Date: 21/09/2022

A review was commissioned by the States of Guernsey after widespread concerns about the low number of taxis operating, and poor reliability.

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Sefton Council clarifies driver licensing process delays Published Date: 21/09/2022

In recent days, it was reported that Sefton Council had a two-year delay in processing taxi and private hire licence applications, but the council has set the record straight in response.

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"Popular" Northampton nightclub face premises licence revocation Published Date: 21/09/2022

A "popular" Northampton nightclub face premises licence revocation following a licence review by Northamptonshire Police.

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NPCC issue new spiking guidance Published Date: 19/09/2022

The National Police Chiefs' Council have produced new messaging on what to do if you’ve been spiked.

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LGA guidance note on drink spiking prevention Published Date: 19/09/2022

The Local Government has produced a guidance note drawing on examples of good practice in response to spiking allegations.

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Council urge residents to check their "doggy day care" providers Published Date: 19/09/2022

Tendring District Council are urging residents to ensure their "doggy day care" providers are licensed.

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Nottingham's Late Night Levy to end next month Published Date: 16/09/2022

Nottingham City Council’s Late Night Levy is to be revoked from next month in a bid to ease financial pressure on local businesses.

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HMRC write to licence holders following mandatory tax check requirements Published Date: 11/09/2022

In a statement, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said it is writing to around 4,000 taxi drivers using taxi booking apps, who may not have declared all their income.

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Warning UK's live music face closures Published Date: 11/09/2022

Warning UK's live music face closures with spiralling energy bills, with some venues seeing increases of up to 1,400%.

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UK pubs brace for mass closures as energy costs soar Published Date: 11/09/2022

Almost two thirds of British hospitality businesses are currently 'in the red', according to research from the BBPA, the British Institute of Innkeeping, and UK Hospitality.

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LLG issues guidance to members on holding local authority meetings during period of mourning Published Date: 11/09/2022

Lawyers in Local Government has issued guidance to its members on the holding of local authority meetings during the period of mourning for the Queen.

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Camelot withdraws National Lottery appeal Published Date: 11/09/2022

It has been reported that Camelot will withdraw its appeal over lifting of an automatic suspension, allowing the Gambling Commission to grant the licence to Allwyn Entertainment UK. Instead, Camelot will pursue a damages claim over the National Lottery licence award.

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Conviction for taxi driver who worked illegally following licence refusal Published Date: 11/09/2022

A man has been convicted and ordered to pay more than £1,000 after unlawfully continuing to work as a taxi driver despite having been refused a new licence following a series of speeding offences.

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The Institute of Licensing pays tribute to Her Majesty the Queen Published Date: 08/09/2022

The Institute of Licensing has paid tribute to Her Majesty the Queen following the sad announcement of her death today, 8 September 2022.

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'Free Now' granted TfL licence “longer than any major competitor” Published Date: 31/08/2022

German ride-hailing firm 'Free Now' has been handed a licence “longer than any major competitor” to operate in London.

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UK's 'smallest off-licence' to open in Norwich Published Date: 31/08/2022

An off-licence which claims to be the "smallest in the UK" has set up shop in a traditional red telephone box.

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SIA and NaCTSO investigation leads to 50 SIA licences seized Published Date: 31/08/2022

An SIA investigation supported by NaCTSO has helped sites and premises in understanding the key approaches to take to make sure the personnel hired to protect their sites are managed and vetted effectively.

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Pubs closure warning as energy prices soar Published Date: 30/08/2022

Breweries and industry bodies have called for "immediate government intervention" on sky-high energy bills this winter.

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Tim Smith appointed industry chair of Food and Drink Sector Council Published Date: 30/08/2022

Tim Smith was appointed as the new industry chair of the Food and Drink Sector Council today (Tuesday 30 August).

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Wales’ Cultural Recovery Fund provided a lifeline to the sector, new report Published Date: 30/08/2022

The Welsh Government’s £108 million Cultural Recovery Fund was fundamental to the survival of many cultural organisations in Wales during the COVID-19 pandemic which helped safeguarded 2,700 FTE jobs, a new report has shown.

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Northern Ireland Government launches consultation on taxi fares review Published Date: 15/08/2022

Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd has launched a public consultation on a 2022 taxi fares review.

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Unlicensed driver hire leads to hefty fine for taxi boss Published Date: 15/08/2022

A North West Leicestershire taxi firm owner must pay over £8,000 in fines and costs for allowing an unlicensed driver to carry out bookings illegally.

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Thousands of jobs and businesses at risk due to cost of energy, warn hospitality leaders Published Date: 15/08/2022

Five organisations representing the UK hospitality sectors have today (15 August) joined forces to write an open letter to HM Government calling for urgent action on energy prices.

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Pubs & bars ‘at risk of being forgotten’, say Scottish hospitality trade bodies Published Date: 15/08/2022

Scotland’s three major hospitality trade associations, the Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA), Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA), and UKHospitality Scotland (UKHS) have called on the Scottish Government not to exclude pubs from their current proposals which would see other hospitality premises, like restaurants have greater flexibility with on-street seating.

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Market impact data on gambling behaviour - operator data to June 2022 Published Date: 15/08/2022

The Gambling Commission has published further data showing how gambling behaviour is reacting to current environmental factors in Great Britain.

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LGA Safeguarding and Road Safety Act briefing note published Published Date: 15/08/2022

This briefing outlines what the Act covers and how it will impact local government.

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Committee recommend changes to taxi and private hire driver licence standards to improve public safety in Leeds Published Date: 10/08/2022

Following a meeting of Leeds City Council’s licensing committee, councillors have recommended changes to the taxi and private hire driver licence standards in relation to minor motoring offences.

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Rogue landlord banned from letting and managing properties in Coventry Published Date: 05/08/2022

Coventry City Council took the decision to apply to the First Tier Property Tribunal for a banning order,against the landlord who has a long history of poor property management and has been convicted of contravening housing legislation on several occasions. The Tribunal have ruled banning the landlord from letting property in England for a period of 15 months.

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Health and Social Care Committee recommend licensing regime for non-surgical cosmetic procedures as "a priority" Published Date: 03/08/2022

In the Health and Social Care Committee's latest report, "The impact of body image on mental and physical health" it has recommended that the Government make it a priority to introduce the licensing regime for non-surgical cosmetic procedures by July 2023.

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Pavement licences - Updated Guidance Published Date: 03/08/2022

Updated to reflect the change to the Business and Planning Act Regulations 2022.

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Pubs should be ‘first port of call’ for charity and grassroots sports support Published Date: 02/08/2022

New research for industry body PubAid reveals a ‘disconnect' between pubgoers' love of their local and their appreciation of it as a centre for charity fundraising and grassroots sport support.

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Nightclubs closures since Covid Published Date: 02/08/2022

Britain has 20% fewer nightclubs than it had when the country first went into lockdown in March 2020.

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ProtectUK App Published Date: 02/08/2022

ProtectUK has launched an App giving users access real-time information from CT Policing plus the latest protective security advice.

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Pubs Code Adjudicator launches its three-year strategy Published Date: 02/08/2022

The Pubs Code Adjudicator has today published its strategy outlining its focus over the next three years

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Government launch public sexual harassment consultation Published Date: 02/08/2022

The Government has launched a public sexual harassment consultation and is interested, amongst other things, to explore links to taxis and nighttime economies.

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Greggs fails in bid for 24-hour Leicester Square store Published Date: 02/08/2022

Greggs has been blocked from opening its flagship store in London's West End through the night after the council said its plans were "half-baked" the BBC reported.

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New guidance brings clarity on employment status for workers and businesses Published Date: 28/07/2022

Businesses and workers, particularly those in the gig economy, will benefit from greater clarity over their employment status, thanks to new guidance published by the government today (Tuesday 26 July).

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Extending tax checks to licences in Scotland and Northern Ireland Published Date: 25/07/2022

The Government has launched a technical consultation extending tax checks to licences in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Camelot and IGT granted permission to appeal National Lottery licence decision Published Date: 25/07/2022

The Court of Appeal has granted permission for Camelot and IGT to appeal a High Court ruling that lifted an automatic suspension that prevented the Gambling Commission from formally awarding the fourth National Lottery licence to Allwyn Entertainment UK (Allwyn).

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Al fresco dining boost for businesses Published Date: 25/07/2022

Temporary changes, brought in to help pubs, cafes and restaurants take advantage of the warm weather and operate outside, are extended and will be made permanent next year.

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Low alcohol ABV strength to be reviewed Published Date: 25/07/2022

The Times reported that a relaxation of alcohol by volume (ABV) limits to help people cut down on their alcohol intake by helping brewers make low-strength options more appealing.

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The Business and Planning Act 2020 (Pavement Licences) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 Published Date: 22/07/2022

The Government has extended the period during which the Fast Track Pavement Licence provisions continue to apply until 30th September 2023.

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Private hire apps are legal: R (UTAG) v TfL & Transopco UK Ltd Published Date: 22/07/2022

The phrase “plying for hire” consists of 3 words. In the first case on its meaning to come before the Court of Appeal since the phrase was enacted 150 years ago, the Court has construed it definitively. Practitioners may be relieved to learn that in doing so the Court upheld long-standing orthodoxies.

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Al fresco dining boost for businesses Published Date: 22/07/2022

Temporary changes, brought in to help pubs, cafes and restaurants take advantage of the warm weather and operate outside, are extended and will be made permanent next year.

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Taxi driver disqualified and fined after offering rides illegally at Henley Regatta Published Date: 19/07/2022

A Hackney Carriage taxi driver has been disqualified from driving and ordered to pay almost £3,000 after plying for trade illegally at Henley Regatta.

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Government backs new law to ensure all staff keep their tips Published Date: 19/07/2022

New legislation to make it unlawful for employers to withhold tips from staff.

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Publication of Government response to spiking report Published Date: 18/07/2022

In its response, the Government welcomes the majority of the Committee’s recommendations.

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"Companies must do more to ensure safe and responsible gaming" - Government Published Date: 18/07/2022

Government’s call for evidence has unveiled a link between loot boxes and gambling harms, as well as wider mental health, financial and problem-gaming harms

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Off-sales regulatory easement to be extended Published Date: 17/07/2022

In correspondence seen by the Institute, the Home Office confirmed "it would be appropriate to extend the off-sales provision for a further year".

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DfT publish latest taxi and private hire vehicle statistics Published Date: 13/07/2022

The DfT has published the latest statistics and data about the number of licensed taxis and private hire vehicles in England and Wales, including the number designed to be accessible for disabled people.  The report shows that between 2021 and 2022, the total number of licensed vehicles increased slightly, while the number of licensed drivers continued to fall.

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Welsh Government consult on draft national transport delivery plan Published Date: 13/07/2022

The draft national transport delivery plan published on 13 July 2022 includes references to intended developments for hackney carriage and private hire licensing. The draft plan includes references to planned national licensing standards, enforcement powers, national licensing databases, public registers, decarbonisation plans and simplication of fares.

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Flaws in the licensing system remain unresolved, says new Lords report Published Date: 11/07/2022

The House of Lords Liaison Committee publishes; The Licensing Act 2003: post-legislative scrutiny Follow-up report.   The report makes a number of  recommendations concerning coordination between planning and licensing, the Agent of Change principle, Councillor and Police training, access to licensed premises by disabled people, alcohol pricing and taxation, airside licensing, online applications (gov.uk), and a national database for personal licence holders.

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Plans to introduce regulation of dermal fillers in Scotland Published Date: 11/07/2022

Consultation overwhelmingly backs tighter regulation of non-surgical cosmetic procedures in Scotland according to the Scottish Government.

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UK driving licence now exists on the Government Gateway Published Date: 10/07/2022

UK driving licence now exists on the Government Gateway as an evidence category for all customers across services that use Identity Verification.

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LGA welcomes DfT Best Practice Guidance Published Date: 10/07/2022

LGA "overall" welcomes this best practice guidance in its response to the consultation, saying "It provides helpful clarity on some complex issues in taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) licensing and will be a useful resource for both licensing authorities and the taxi and PHV trade."

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RSPCA urge more councils to ban goldfish as prizes Published Date: 08/07/2022

The RSPCA said "public opinion proves to be strong on the issue as last year more than 9,000 RSPCA supporters called upon their local authority to make a change and stop this practice from happening on their land."

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Puppy breeding investigations, enquiries and prosecutions rise in Wales Published Date: 08/07/2022

The RSPCA asked all 22 local authorities in Wales - under the Freedom of Information Act - how they are currently tackling illegal puppy breeding in their respective counties.

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Pub numbers fall to lowest on record Published Date: 08/07/2022

There were 39,970 pubs in June, down by more than 7,000 since 2012, said real estate consultancy Altus Group.

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DLUHC "Forward Look for Regulatory Services" Update Published Date: 08/07/2022

DLUHC update on Sensitive Information in Licensing Applications, changes to easement of off-sales of alcohol & transferring taxi and private hire vehicle licensing to upper-tier and combined authorities.

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DPTAC response to the taxi and PHV best practice guidance consultation Published Date: 03/07/2022

The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) response to Taxi and private hire vehicle best practice guidance.

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Most significant change to taxi and private hire vehicle accessibility legislation in 12 years Published Date: 03/07/2022

New laws will ensure the 13.7 million disabled people in England, Scotland and Wales receive the assistance they need and will not be charged over the odds when using taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs).

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Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill passes Published Date: 03/07/2022

New legislation to control the sale and use of fireworks will improve public safety and benefit communities for years to come.

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High Court lifts automatic suspension of award of contract for fourth National Lottery operating licence Published Date: 03/07/2022

The Gambling Commission can proceed with the award of the fourth licence to operate the National Lottery after a High Court judge lifted the automatic suspension which arose on the issue of two procurement challenges.

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Greater Manchester Combined Authority calls on government to assist in creating new law banning out-of-area taxis Published Date: 03/07/2022

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority is "keen" to work with the Department for Transport (DfT) to devise a new regulatory device that would legally ban taxis that are not licensed by one of the ten Greater Manchester local authorities.

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Fully-funded support for hospitality sector in Greater Manchester to drive recruitment and boost growth Published Date: 03/07/2022

Backed by Sacha Lord, Greater Manchester’s Night Time Economy Adviser, Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s (GMCA) three-year Skills for Growth programme aims to upskill and retrain employees to aid staff retention, boost morale and attract new staff into the industry.

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Business Friendly Licensing and Regulation fund Published Date: 03/07/2022

The London Recovery Programme, run by the GLA and London Councils, aims to boost London’s high streets by making it easier for businesses to trade and access council support. London Councils has also published its Pledges for Business, which is backed by every council leader in the capital.

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LGA submission to the Department for Transport’s consultation on the taxi and private hire vehicle best practice guidance Published Date: 01/07/2022

The LGA has published it’s response to the DfT Best Practice Guidance (BPG) consultation, reiterating the need for legislative reform for hackney carriage and private hire licensing overall, while welcoming the clarify provided by BPG the  on some complex issues and acknowledging that it will be a useful resource.

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NAFN NR3 Update Published Date: 27/06/2022

NR3 is gaining traction with licensing authorities in England, with almost 50,000 searches completed over the past six months.

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Gloucester Councillor on trial for illegal puppy business Published Date: 27/06/2022

The BBC reported that a Gloucester councillor ran an illegal puppy breeding farm and allegedly passed off a deaf cross-breed dog as a healthy pup.

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Shops alcohol licence revoked after thousands of illegal cigarettes found on premises Published Date: 27/06/2022

Reports said "multiple agencies" requested the council revoke the licence after tens of thousands of cigarettes and nearly 14 kilograms of illegal tobacco were discovered within the shop.

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LGA seeks amendment to Levelling Up Bill to create pavement licence offence Published Date: 27/06/2022

The Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill has reached the Committee stage.

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Updated Equality Act 2010 for taxis and PH Published Date: 27/06/2022

The government has updated its guidance for local licensing authorities on the Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle (PHV) duties under the Equality Act 2010.

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DEFRA writes to Council regarding Ukrainian pets entering the UK Published Date: 24/06/2022

DEFRA's letter to councils on arrangements necessary to deal with Ukrainian pets entering the UK.

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LGA: Give councils flexibility to offer virtual meeting options and open-up local democracy to all Published Date: 19/06/2022

LGA call on the Government to act quickly and take the next steps to introduce legislation that would empower local authorities to make the most suitable choice for their organisation.

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Argos failed in a bid to have proceedings brought against it stayed as an abuse of the process Published Date: 19/06/2022

Argos argued it was an abuse of the process for Barking & Dagenham to prosecute it when it received and followed advice from Milton Keynes Council, its primary authority partner for trading standards.

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Entries are being sought for the National Pubwatch Awards 2022 Published Date: 19/06/2022

Entries are being sought for the prestigious National Pubwatch Awards 2022, once again kindly sponsored by JD Weatherspoon, which recognise the work of local Pubwatch schemes and their efforts to provide safe drinking environments for customers and staff.

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Drugs strategy guidance for local delivery partners Published Date: 19/06/2022

New Government guidance outlining the structures and processes through which local partners in England should work together to reduce drug-related harm.

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Dog breeding licences revoked after animals found mistreated in Morecambe Published Date: 19/06/2022

Lancaster City Council has revoked the licences of two dog breeders after evidence of animal cruelty was found at two sites in Morecambe.

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LINK 14 now available online Published Date: 16/06/2022

The Summer Edition (Edition 14) of the IoL's LINK magazine has been published and is available online.

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Jeremy Allen Award 2022 - nominations now open! Published Date: 13/06/2022

Nominations can now be made for colleagues to be considered for the Jeremy Allen Award 2022!

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Councils in England to get new powers over traffic offences Published Date: 07/06/2022

From 31 May 2022, local authorities in England outside of London will be able to apply to the Secretary of State for new powers to enforce ‘moving traffic offences’. This means they can be granted powers that have previously been held only by the police and will be able to issue fines to drivers for these offences for the first time.

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Police failing to screen suspects for gambling addiction Published Date: 07/06/2022

Four out of every 10 police forces in England and Wales are failing to ask arrested suspects whether they have a gambling addiction, data reveals.

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Minimum unit price not changing alcoholics' habits Published Date: 07/06/2022

Drinkers who suffered the worst affects of alcoholism did not change their habits when Scotland's minimum pricing was introduced, a Public Health Scotland study shown.

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Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill Second Reading Published Date: 07/06/2022

Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill will have its Second Reading in the House of Commons on 8 June 2022.

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TfL enact new Regulations to for private hire operators’ contracts with passengers Published Date: 29/05/2022

Transport for London has brought in new Regulations to raise awareness that London PHV operators are required to contract directly with passengers to provide the journey that is the subject of a booking.

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Micheal Gove tell councils to cut Jubilee red tape Published Date: 27/05/2022

Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, has written to councils telling them to "make one final push and take every possible action to help your communities in their preparations."

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DfT write to councils to prepare for new Disabled Persons Act Published Date: 27/05/2022

DfT write to licensing authorities in preparation of the upcoming commencement of the Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Act 2022 (“the 2022 Act”) on 28 June.

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Regulatory easement in respect of off-sales of alcohol to cease Published Date: 27/05/2022

In a letter to the Institute of Licensing, the Home Office has confirmed that the Regulatory easement in respect of off-sales of alcohol will cease in September 2022.

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Coronavirus regulations to end in Wales Published Date: 27/05/2022

First Minister Mark Drakeford says Wales can look forward to a brighter future, as the last remaining coronavirus protections in law come to an end.

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Spiking of university students to be tackled Published Date: 24/05/2022

Department for Education and Home Office launch a new working group dedicated to tackling the number of spiking attacks against students.

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UKHospitality releases Levelling Up report Published Date: 23/05/2022

A new report from UKHospitality, Level up hospitality – level up society, highlights how the sector is uniquely positioned to deliver growth and opportunity across the country and play its part in delivering the Government’s and society’s priorities, by generating jobs and economic growth.

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New DfT Guidance - Taxis and PHVs (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Act 2022 Published Date: 23/05/2022

The Department for Transport (DfT) has issued new "statutory guidance" for licensing authorities in England.

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Changes to the Taxi & PHV air quality database Published Date: 21/05/2022

The Government has made changes to the Taxi & PHV air quality database.

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Reminder to submit the DEFRA animal licensing return Published Date: 21/05/2022

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has asked the LGA to remind colleagues that all local authorities must submit a completed animal licensing form by 31 May 2022.

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Recruitment drive launches in bid to halt taxi driver crisis and help boost Lancaster economy Published Date: 21/05/2022

Drivers are being helped to 'get behind the wheel' of taxis fuelled by a fully funded training initiative to give the area’s economy a welcome boost.

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Welsh Government issue statement on the work of the Task and Finish Group on Gambling Related Harm Published Date: 21/05/2022

Lynne Neagle MS, Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing, said the Welsh Government is actively working on implementing the recommendations of the Task and Finish Group on Gambling Related Harm.

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9/10 county councillors support ability of authorities to adopt hybrid model of meetings Published Date: 21/05/2022

Over two-thirds of councillors believe that moving to a hybrid model where meetings can be attended both online and in-person would improve the diversity of local councils, a new survey shows.

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Pub overturn fine for alleged Covid breaches Published Date: 15/05/2022

A pub landlord charged with breaches of COVID-19 regulations has successfully overturned fines issued, and the Barrister acting for the landlord said the case demonstrated the need to follow PACE process.

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Tourism and hospitality: a great sector to work in - Welsh Economy Minister Published Date: 15/05/2022

“Tourism and hospitality is a great sector to work in” – that’s the message from Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething, to mark the start of Wales Tourism Week 2022 (15 to 22 May).

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DfT say it will "modernise" taxi and PH licensing law Published Date: 14/05/2022

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport, Baroness Vere, told the House of Lords that the Government will "will modernise the law to ensure that the same minimum standards are met by drivers across England".

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Pavement licensing to be made permanent Published Date: 11/05/2022

The Levelling up and Regeneration Bill, announced in the Queen's Speech, will make the Pavement Licensing regime permanent.

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DEFRA extend Zoo Practice for Great Britain Consultation Deadline Published Date: 11/05/2022

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has contacted local authorities to inform them of the consultation deadline extension.

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Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill published Published Date: 11/05/2022

The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill has been published along with a policy paper which summarises the steps the Government are taking, through the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill and other legislation and policy, to devolve power and give local leaders and communities the tools they need to make better places.

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"A Fare Shake: Reforming Taxis for the 21st Century" report the Adam Smith Institute (ASI) Published Date: 08/05/2022

A new report, A Fare Shake: Reforming Taxis for the 21st Century, from the Adam Smith Institute (ASI) argues that the Government should move to overhaul current taxi cab legislation, creating a more dynamic and equitable sector to better serve the needs of Britons as they get moving after Covid.

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Local government lawyers and democratic services officers criticise lack of government response to call for evidence on remote meetings Published Date: 08/05/2022

LLG (Lawyers in Local Government) and ADSO (the Association of Democratic Services Officers) have expressed disappointment ahead of this week’s local elections that the Government has still not responded to the call for evidence on local authority remote meetings which was held from March to June 2021.

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Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Act 2022 Published Date: 06/05/2022

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Bill it received Royal Assent on 28 April. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (law).

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Government promise action on pedicab licensing Published Date: 03/05/2022

Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State at Department for Transport, has promised to introduce licensing legislation for pedicabs.

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DfT Update on Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Act 2022 Published Date: 01/05/2022

The Department for Transport has issued an update on the Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Act 2022.

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The Licensing Act 2003 (Platinum Jubilee Licensing Hours) Order 2022 Published Date: 01/05/2022

This Order provides for the extension of licensing hours for licensed premises and clubs on Her Majesty The Queen’s Jubilee extended weekend between 2nd and 5th June 2022.

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House of Commons Committee report on spiking Published Date: 26/04/2022

The House of Commons Committee report on spiking has been reported with recommendations to government.

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Home Office letter to licensing committees on drink spiking Published Date: 26/04/2022

The Rt Hon Kit Malthouse MP, Minister of State for Crime, Policing and Probation, has written to Licensing Committees encouraging them to continue working with local partners - particularly the police - to make sure spiking concern is highlighted and addressed appropriately and collaboratively.

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APPG on Night-Time Economy publish report on Covid Impact Published Date: 26/04/2022

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Night-Time Economy has published its report report on Impact of Covid-19 on the UK's Nightlife.

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House of Lords to debate ‘Gambling Harm—Time for Action’ report Published Date: 26/04/2022

In July 2020, the House of Lords Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry Committee published a report entitled ‘Gambling Harm—Time for Action’. The House of Lords is due to debate the report today (27 April 2022).

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Animal activities licensing: Amendments to guidance on Dog kennel boarding licensing Published Date: 26/04/2022

Further amendments have been made to the Animal activities licensing: statutory guidance for local authorities relating to Dog kennel boarding licensing.

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Uber seeks High Court Declaration on model lawfulness in the 'provinces' Published Date: 25/04/2022

Uber have started Part 8 proceedings against Sefton BC seeking a declaration that the agency model is unlawful in the provinces.

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Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Act 2022 Published Date: 25/04/2022

The Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Act 2022 receives Royal Assent.

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Use of face coverings in Scotland Published Date: 24/04/2022

From 18 April, the legal requirement to wear face coverings in most indoor public spaces and on public transport will become guidance.

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£140,000 confiscated from man behind illegal Facebook lottery Published Date: 18/04/2022

The 27-year-old man from Middlesbrough had been running lottery-style services such as bonus balls and raffles on Facebook and had around £140,000 in earnings stashed in various bank accounts

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Regenerating the future of Scotland’s town centres Published Date: 13/04/2022

New measures to revitalise town centres and regenerate local economies have been published by the Scottish Government.

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Harsher sentences introduced for ‘spiking’ drugs Published Date: 13/04/2022

GHB, a drug that is used to spike drinks, has been reclassified as a Class B drug today (13 April) along with two related substances, GBL and 1,4-BD, meaning that those found in possession of them will face tougher penalties.

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Report animal activity licences and fees to the Secretary of State - new online form Published Date: 13/04/2022

Under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018, local authorities are required to provide certain information annually to the Secretary of State for Defra.

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Scottish security operatives face realistic terror scenarios in nightclub exercise Published Date: 13/04/2022

A counter-terrorism emergency planning exercise in Glasgow yesterday saw security operatives dealing with realistic terror scenarios presented by actors.

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Welsh Government supporting growth and development of home grown events Published Date: 13/04/2022

Arts and cultural events across Wales are looking forward to welcoming back visitors in person over the coming months as organisers switch back to live audience performances.

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Right to licence documents list amended Published Date: 07/04/2022

The Home Office has issued changes affecting Right to Licence checks for Licensing Authorities, which takes effect on 6 April 2022 including changes to the acceptable documents list for manual checks to establish a right to a licence.

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Government Issue Updated LA2003 Forms Published Date: 07/04/2022

The Immigration (Restrictions on Employment and Residential Accommodation) (Prescribed Requirements and Codes of Practice) and Licensing Act 2003 (Personal and Premises Licences) (Forms), etc., Regulations 2022

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Covid-19 temporary adjusted checks extended again Published Date: 07/04/2022

Checking an individual’s right to work using the temporary COVID-19 adjusted check measures has been extended to 30 September 2022.

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Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill passing its final hurdle in the House of Lords Published Date: 07/04/2022

Animal protection organisations and celebrities are today celebrating the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill passing its final hurdle in the House of Lords.

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New guidance documents for preventing illegal working in licensed premises Published Date: 07/04/2022

Two new guidance documents for preventing illegal working in licensed premises have recently been published which may be of interest to Licensing Authorities.

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IoL Patron Jon Collins appointed as CEO of LIVE Published Date: 06/04/2022

Live music industry umbrella organisation LIVE (Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment) has appointed Jon Collins as chief executive, who takes over from Greg Parmley.

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Offensive Weapons provisions coming into force on 6 April 2022. Published Date: 04/04/2022

The Offensive Weapons Act Commencement Regulations have now been signed and laid, and will bring the remaining provisions within the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 into force on 6 April 2022.

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National lottery operator launches legal challenge against Gambling Commission over decision to award next licence to rival bidder Published Date: 03/04/2022

Camelot, which has operated the National Lottery since its inception in 1994, has issued proceedings in the High Court against the Gambling Commission over its decision last month to name Allwyn Entertainment UK as its preferred applicant for the Fourth Licence.

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Tax checks for licence holders come into effect Published Date: 03/04/2022

From today (4 April 2022), licence holders must complete a tax check to renew a taxi, private hire or scrap metal licence, or to apply for the same type of licence with a different licensing authority.

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Guidance for Immigration Enforcement Officers published Published Date: 03/04/2022

Guidance has been published for Home Office Immigration staff to assist in the prevention of illegal working in licensed premises, along with guidance on partnership working with the police or other agencies.

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IoL Member Survey - DfT Best Practice Guidance Consultation Published Date: 01/04/2022

The IoL are asking members to provide views on the proposed Best Practice Guidance from the DfT. The IoL member survey results will be used to inform the IoL response to the DfT consultation.

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Edinburgh councillors vote to ban lap dancing clubs Published Date: 01/04/2022

Edinburgh's councillors have voted to ban lap dancing clubs in the Scottish capital.

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Statutory guidance amended for Dog Day Care and Dog Breeding Published Date: 01/04/2022

DEFRA have advised that minor revisions to the statutory guidance documents for dog day care and dog breeding have been made and published.

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DEFRA: Cat and dog microchipping consultation Published Date: 31/03/2022

DEFRA are seeking views on potential changes to microchipping legislation. This covers both the new mandatory cat microchipping requirements, as well as improvements to the current dog microchipping system so they work as effectively possible in reuniting pets with their owners.

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Wheelchair accessible travel: taxi and private hire services Published Date: 30/03/2022

DfT commissioned "quantitative and qualitative research" into wheelchair-accessible taxis and private hire vehicle services.

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Written Statement: Review of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No.5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 30/03/2022

First Minister, Mark Drakeford MS said, from 28 March, the Welsh Government "will be removing the requirement for face coverings to be worn in retail premises and on public transport. However, to protect those most vulnerable, there will still be a requirement for face coverings to be worn in Health and Social Care settings."

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"Tenfold expansion" in chargepoints by 2030 as government drives EV revolution Published Date: 30/03/2022

The Department for Transport has announced £582 million funding to "extend the plug-in car, van, taxi and motorcycle grants to 2022 to 2023 to reduce their sticker price for the consumer."

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IoL Member Survey - DfT Best Practice Guidance Consultation Published Date: 30/03/2022

The IoL are asking members to provide views on the propsed Best Practice Guidance from the DfT. The IoL member survey results will be used to inform the IoL response to the DfT consultation.

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Gov.uk Online Forms Update Published Date: 30/03/2022

The Institute is please to be able to update members on the ongoing review of the gov.uk online licensing forms.

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BEIS consultation on Provision of Services Directive Published Date: 30/03/2022

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) would like to hear your views on how regulations could be improved to support best practice and reduce the burden on competent authorities and businesses.

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Consultation on Best Practice Guidance for taxi and private hire vehicle licensing authorities in England Published Date: 28/03/2022

The Department for Transport (DfT) are seeking views on the update to best practice guidance to be issued to taxi and private hire vehicle licensing authorities in England. The consultation will run for 12 weeks from 28 March 2022 until 23:45 on 20 June 2022.

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TfL renew Uber's operating licence in London Published Date: 27/03/2022

Transport for London has renewed Uber's London operating licence for 30 months.

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Stockton Council defend Covid licence revocation appeal Published Date: 27/03/2022

Stockton Borough Council has successfully defended a decision of its licensing sub-committee to revoke the licence of a premises for contravention of coronavirus regulations.

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Reforms to pet microchipping regulations in England set out Published Date: 27/03/2022

Consultation launched on microchipping regulations follow the Pet Theft Taskforce recommendations

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Pavement licences guidance updated Published Date: 27/03/2022

The guidance to accompany pavement licensing introduced in the Business and Planning Act 2020 has been updated.

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Government confirm extension to licensing hours for Queen's Jubilee weekend Published Date: 27/03/2022

Kit Malthouse told the House of Commons that the Government will extend licensing hours for Queen's Jubilee weekend.

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Explanatory video on amendment to the Health and Care Bill Published Date: 22/03/2022

National Hair and Beauty Federation video explanation of what the amendment to the Health and Care Bill is, and what the next steps will be.

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HMRC - New Machines Games Duty Guidance for new tenants Published Date: 22/03/2022

HMRC have published a new one-page guide to help Pub Tenants to understand their MGD and VAT obligations.

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Parliament was not given enough of a say on Coronavirus Act - House of Commons Committee report Published Date: 21/03/2022

The cross-party Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee has expressed "concerns" over Parliament's inability to properly scrutinise and amend emergency provisions in the Coronavirus Act 2020 over the last two years.

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Another Midlands Council removes its Cumulative Impact Policy Published Date: 21/03/2022

Leicester City Council has made the decision to remove its existing Cumulative Impact Policy covering areas of the city as part of its recent Statement of Licensing Policy Review, albeit potentially for an interim period only.

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Most of Scotland's remaining Covid restrictions end Published Date: 21/03/2022

Most of the remaining legal Covid restrictions in Scotland have now officially come to an end.

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Update: Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Bill Published Date: 21/03/2022

This Bill was read a third time and passed on Friday 18 March and will now proceed to the House of Lords for consideration.

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Update: Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill Published Date: 21/03/2022

Lords committee stage - line by line examination of the Bill - is scheduled for 22 March

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Safer Streets Fund round 4 application process Published Date: 18/03/2022

The Government has announced that Round 4 (running across the 2022/23 and 23/24 financial years and worth £75 million) of the Safer Streets Fund is now available for interventions aimed at tackling neighbourhood crime, anti-social behaviour and VAWG, improving the safety of public spaces for all.

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CIEH Noise Survey report for 2020/21 Published Date: 13/03/2022

The report found that the number of noise complaints increased by 54% between 2019/20 and 2020/21 in 89 local authorities.

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Lords hold Licensing Act 2003 Committee inquiry follow up evidence sessions Published Date: 10/03/2022

On Thursday 10 March 2022 the House of Lords Liaison Committee will hold three one-off evidence sessions to follow-up on the recommendations of the Licensing Act 2003 Committee, which published its report in April 2017.

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School transport guidance note Published Date: 09/03/2022

This short guidance note provided by the IoL and LGA, aims to provide a brief overview of the role of responsible councils with regards to home to school contracts and licensing authorities with regards to safeguarding in taxi/ private hire vehicle (PHV) licensing and suggests some recommended actions.

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House of Lords approves new National Licensing System for non-surgical treatments Published Date: 09/03/2022

The Government’s amendments, 153A and 157A of the Health and Care Bill have been agreed by the House of Lords.

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Next Steps for the Women’s Night Safety Charter in London Published Date: 09/03/2022

Safer Business Network working with Mayor of London to implement recommendations of new scoping study

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Gambling behaviour in 2021 Published Date: 09/03/2022

This statistical release covers the quarterly gambling participation and problem gambling prevalence data for the year to December 2021, as well as reporting on respondents’ perceptions of trust, crime, and attitudes towards gambling.

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Gov.uk Online Forms - Survey Published Date: 08/03/2022

The IoL, NALEO and LGA are working with others to try to establish the position going forward in relation to online licensing application forms provided via gov.uk.

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ICO issues reprimand over roll out of NHS Scotland Covid Status app Published Date: 07/03/2022

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a reprimand to the Scottish Government and NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) over the implementation of the NHS Scotland Covid Status app.

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Government accused of failing to regulate 'parasitic' gambling industry Published Date: 07/03/2022

The parents of a gambling addict who took his own life have accused the Government of being "asleep at the wheel" in their failure to regulate an industry they describe as "predatory" and "parasitic". It comes after a landmark inquest into the suicide of Jack Ritchie, 24, found that regulation, NHS treatment and government warnings about the dangers of gambling were "woefully inadequate".

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Wales plan to remove all existing Covid restrictions Published Date: 07/03/2022

Welsh Government plan to remove all the remaining restrictions on 28 March. Written Statement: Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 – 3 March Review

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Government publishes response to House of Lords COVID-19 Committee’s report “Towns and Cities: Local Power is the Path to Recovery” Published Date: 07/03/2022

The Government response to the House of Lords COVID-19 Committee’s report “Towns and Cities: Local Power is the Path to Recovery” has been published. The original Towns and Cities report was published on 7 December 2021.

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DEFRA Consultation: Standards of Modern Zoo Practice for Great Britain Published Date: 06/03/2022

DEFRA are consulting on the Standards of Modern Zoo Practice for Great Britain (‘the Standards’). The Standards will replace the Secretary of State’s Standards of Modern Zoo Practice (2012) in England and Scotland, and the National Assembly of Wales’ Standards of Modern Zoo Practice (2006) in Wales. Because zoo licensing is a devolved matter, this is a joint consultation on behalf of the Welsh Government and the Scottish Government

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The Government announces its intention to introduce a new system of licensing for England for cosmetic procedures Published Date: 01/03/2022

Campaign spearheaded by the Institute of Licensing (IoL) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) to safeguard cosmetics industry successful as Government commits to new licensing scheme for practitioners.

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Local government groups issue model motion for councils to show support for choice to hold remote and hybrid meetings Published Date: 01/03/2022

Five local government organisations including the Association of Democratic Services Officers (ADSO) and Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) have asked councils to consider passing a motion and writing to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to show their support for local authorities to be able to hold remote and hybrid meetings.

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Tougher UK gambling regulation needed to protect communities – councils and Police and Crime Commissioners say Published Date: 01/03/2022

Ahead of the publication of the Government’s white paper on the future of the Gambling Act, the Local Government Association and Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) are calling for tougher powers for councils to determine where and how many gambling premises can open in their areas, alongside a crackdown on the current volume of gambling advertising and marketing.

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New face mask rules for Wales as coverings are no longer needed in all indoor settings Published Date: 28/02/2022

From today (Monday 28th February 2022), the face covering requirements in Wales will change, meaning people will no longer be legally required to wear face coverings in a range of indoor places, including cinemas, theatres, community centres, museums and gyms.  Face coverings will continue to be a legal requirement for adults and children aged 11 and over, unless exempt, in all retail settings, on public transport and in health and care settings.

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Partnership working highlighted as way forward for pub sector  Published Date: 25/02/2022

Leading members of the trade and police have highlighted how working in partnership and collaborating is the way forward for the pub sector as it recovers after the impact of the pandemic.

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All legal restrictions to end on 21 March Published Date: 24/02/2022

In a statement to Parliament, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the details of the updated Strategic Framework to manage COVID-19 primarily through public health advice, vaccination, and treatment rather than legal restrictions.

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Independent review of the disclosure and barring regime Published Date: 24/02/2022

The independent review was announced by Safeguarding Minister, Rachel Maclean.

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Drink spiking will become a criminal offence under new legislation Published Date: 22/02/2022

It has been widely reported that Priti Patel set out plans to introduce legislation to make drink spiking a criminal offence.

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Prime Minister sets out plan for living with COVID Published Date: 21/02/2022

The Prime Minister sets out the Government’s plans to live with and manage the virus.

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Gambling Commission updates guidance on fair terms and practices Published Date: 21/02/2022

The Gambling Commission has updated its guidance for all operators on fair and transparent terms and practices.

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Wales smoke free provisions will tighten on 1 March 2022 Published Date: 20/02/2022

The Welsh Government are removing the exemption which allows smoking in holiday and temporary accommodation, along with the exemption that allows hotels, guest houses, inns etc to have designated smoking bedrooms. From 1 March 2022 all these settings will be required to be smoke-free.

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The Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2021 Published Date: 18/02/2022

The guide regarding the Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2021 (the Act, which was first published in October 2021 outlining the provisions of the Act which came into effect on 1 October, has now been updated to include the provisions of the Act which will come into effect on 6 April 2022.

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DEFRA Animal activities licensing: statutory guidance for local authorities Published Date: 17/02/2022

DEFRA have published a further update to the statutory guidance on hiring horses - updated optional higher standard for diet from weekly to monthly body condition scoring.

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Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone Delayed Published Date: 15/02/2022

The Government has granted permission to Greater Manchester Authorities to delay the implementation of their Clean Air Zone (CAZ).

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Best practice guide to the management of pub repairs and dilapidations Published Date: 15/02/2022

The BII, BBPA and UKHospitality have together created a best practice guidance on pub repairs and dilapidations in order to support pub companies and tenants.

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All-Party Parliamentary Group on Pubs Report Released Published Date: 15/02/2022

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Pubs has released it report on the impact of the Covid pandemic on the pub sector.

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Northern Ireland to remove all remaining Covid restrictions Published Date: 15/02/2022

All remaining Covid-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland will be lifted, Health Minister Robin Swann has announced.

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Welsh Written Statement: Review of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No.5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 15/02/2022

The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 require a review of the coronavirus measures to be undertaken every three weeks. The most recent three-week review was due to be completed by 10 February.

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Expiry date of Scottish Covid regulations extended Published Date: 15/02/2022

Regulations have been laid in Parliament today to extend the expiry date for statutory coronavirus (Covid-19) requirements, and enforcement powers for local authorities.

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Covid: Drinkers prefer wine and spirits over beer Published Date: 13/02/2022

The BBC reports beer sales "plunged" in the UK during the Covid pandemic as people avoided pubs and drank wine and spirits at home instead, industry analysis found.

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Welsh councillor who started coffee shop and wine bar without planning permission found to be in “serious breach” of code of conduct Published Date: 13/02/2022

Local Government Lawyer reported that a Vale of Glamorgan councillor who sits on the local authority's planning committee has been found in breach of its code of conduct after establishing a cafe without first securing planning permission.

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Partnership work successfully shuts down illegal Facebook lotteries Published Date: 08/02/2022

An investigation led by the Gambling Commission has seen the disruption of illegal lotteries operating on social media platform, Facebook.

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Pavement Licensing - Consultation open Published Date: 07/02/2022

DLUHC are consulting on proposals for a permanent regime for pavement licensing.  The consultation is now live but will close on Friday 11th February 2022.

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Government review of gambling laws now not expected until May Published Date: 07/02/2022

Government proposals to reform gambling laws are reportedly now unlikely to be published until May.

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Secretary of State indicates support for hybrid meetings Published Date: 06/02/2022

The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, has said he is “strongly in sympathy with the view that hybrid meetings should continue in order to ensure the maximum amount of efficiency”.

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Levelling Up White Paper published Published Date: 02/02/2022

The Government has launched its  Levelling Up White Paper which includes plans to explore more devolution of transport powers and responsibilities in England.  The White Paper includes reference to potential devolution of transport powers and responsibilities including control of taxi and private hire licensing to combined and upper tier authorities.

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Gambling Commission partnerships shut down illegal Facebook lotteries Published Date: 02/02/2022

An investigation led by the Gambling Commission has seen the disruption of illegal lotteries operating on social media platform, Facebook.

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DEFRA Q&As re reviewed guidance: The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 Published Date: 01/02/2022

DEFRA have provided a Q&A to assist and inform stakeholders in relation to the reviewed statutory guidance issued under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.  The new guidance comes into effect today (1 February) and will be updated online at midday.

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UPDATED: Animal activities licensing: statutory guidance for local authorities Published Date: 01/02/2022

DEFRA has published the revised statutory guidance for local authority inspectors in England on licensing activities involving animals. The guidance explains the conditions that businesses need to meet in order to receive an animal activities licence. The latest updates are intended to clarify drafting errors in guidance notes and to replace PDFs with HTML documents.

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Up to one million women in Great Britain at risk of gambling harms Published Date: 31/01/2022

New analysis shows up to one million women in Great Britain could be at risk of experiencing harm from gambling, the charity GambleAware has warned, as they launch a new campaign today (31 January) for women to highlight the warning signs of problem gambling and signpost towards support.

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Scottish COVID Recovery and Reform Bill introduced Published Date: 30/01/2022

Legislation proposing the permanent adoption or temporary extension of some beneficial measures enacted during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been published in Scotland.

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Covid in Scotland: Rules on distancing and face masks relaxed further Published Date: 28/01/2022

Rules on physical distancing and the wearing of face masks in certain circumstances are being relaxed.

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Wales completes move to alert level zero with nightclubs reopening Published Date: 28/01/2022

Wales will move fully into alert level zero tomorrow as coronavirus cases begin to stabilise, First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.

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Plan B rules phased out in England Published Date: 27/01/2022

Face coverings and Covid passes are no longer legally required in England, after the relaxation of Plan B rules came into effect on Thursday (27 Jan 2022).

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1,300 reports of needle spiking incidents in six months Published Date: 27/01/2022

There’s been over 1,300 needle spiking incidents in the last six months, according to evidence given to the Home Affairs Select Committee.

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Local government bodies call for change in law on remote meetings Published Date: 27/01/2022

A group of local government organisations have written an open letter and raised a petition calling on the UK Government to pass legislation allowing a resumption of remote meetings.

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All Party Parliamentary Betting & Gaming Group publish findings Published Date: 26/01/2022

The Parliamentary All-Party Betting & Gaming Group (APBGG) has issued a severe, if subjective, set of findings from its investigation into the effectiveness of the Gambling Commission.

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Gambling Local Authority Return Changes Published Date: 26/01/2022

The Gambling Commission has announced changes to the statutory returns.

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Prison sentence for unlicensed Caerphilly dog breeder Published Date: 24/01/2022

A Caerphilly man has been sentenced for unlicensed dog breeding under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

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Judicial review challenge against Welsh Ministers over “unevidenced” Covid Pass scheme Published Date: 23/01/2022

Campaign group Big Brother Watch has launched a judicial review challenge against the Welsh Government over its ‘Covid Pass’, claiming that the scheme is unlawful “as it is disproportionate and unevidenced”.

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Telford and Wrekin Council cracks down on illegal puppy trading Published Date: 23/01/2022

Investigations by Telford and Wrekin Council’s trading standards officers, into puppies being sold illegally in Telford, has resulted in a successful prosecution at Shrewsbury Crown Court on 7th January.

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Phased easing of Covid restrictions to continue in Wales Published Date: 21/01/2022

Wales will complete the move to alert level 0 on 28 January, First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed today, unless the public health situation changes for the worse.

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Numbers of spiking cases ‘underreported’ Published Date: 20/01/2022

MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee have been told that the number of spiking cases in the UK is likely to be ‘underreported quite significantly’.

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Action to improve animal welfare in Scotland Published Date: 20/01/2022

Legislation to end the harmful practice of setting ‘glue traps’ is to be brought forward by the Scottish Government in order to protect animal welfare.

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Face mask rules and Covid passes to end in England Published Date: 19/01/2022

England's Plan B measures are to end from next Thursday (27 January 2022), with mandatory face coverings in public places and Covid passports both dropped, the Prime Minister has announced.

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Government response to the consultation on Offensive Weapons Act 2019: draft statutory guidance Published Date: 18/01/2022

The Government has published its response to the consultation on the draft statutory guidance on measures in the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 (“the Act”)) in relation to the sale, delivery and possession of bladed articles, bladed products and corrosives. The final version of the guidance has also been published.

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Omicron measures to be lifted in Scotland from Monday Published Date: 18/01/2022

Scottish Government confirms that additional measures aimed at stemming the spread of the Omicron variant whilst the vaccination booster programme took effect are to be lifted from 5:00am on Monday 24th January 2022.

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England's Plan B restrictions to be "scrapped" Published Date: 16/01/2022

Covid cases have plunged by a third compared to this time last week, official figures show.

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Nightclubs in Wales to re-open in Welsh Restrictions Review Published Date: 16/01/2022

Welsh First Minister, Mark Drakeford, has issued a statement following a review of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No.5) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

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Council prosecution sees dog breeders ordered to pay £450k+ Published Date: 16/01/2022

A couple who illegally bred dogs have been ordered to pay more than £450,000 following a successful prosecution by Vale of Glamorgan Council.

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‘No regulator’ at large events to ensure adequate first aid provision Published Date: 14/01/2022

There is currently no regulator to ensure venues have adequate first aid provision, the Manchester Arena Inquiry has been told.

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Gambling Commission and Local Authorities: Applying a public health approach to tackling gambling harms Published Date: 12/01/2022

The Gambling Commission has issued an update on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms launched almost 3 years ago, and set the framework for improving prevention, education, and treatment support around gambling harms throughout Great Britain.

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Bristol nil SEV policy "will put dancers in danger" Published Date: 12/01/2022

The BBC reported that "closing strip clubs in Bristol" will push the sex industry underground and put dancers "into more danger", a woman who works one of the venues says.

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Consultation on changes and updates to Gambling Commission's Licensing, Compliance, and Enforcement Policy Published Date: 11/01/2022

The Gambling Commission is consulting on changes to its Licensing, Compliance, and Enforcement Policy.

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Scotland: Large outdoor events resume from 17 January Published Date: 11/01/2022

The Scottish Governemnt have confirmed that large outdoor events can resume without physical distancing or capacity limits from 00:01 on Monday 17 January, following a review of all measures in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Measures covering indoor events and hospitality to be reviewed in one week.

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Government publishes Protect Duty consultation findings Published Date: 10/01/2022

Majority of respondents support tougher security measures, including a legal duty on public venues, to ensure preparedness for and protection from terrorist attacks.

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Home Office and DBS prepare for new digital identity checks Published Date: 10/01/2022

The Home Office and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) are preparing to allow digital identity checks within the new trust framework developed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

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Northamptonshire: Council to pay former publican substantial damages Published Date: 07/01/2022

North Northamptonshire Council has agreed to pay "substantial damages" to a publican who alleged abuse of process in a food safety case brought against him by a predecessor authority more than 20 years ago.

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The Queen's Platinum Jubilee: relaxation of licensing hours (Consultation) Published Date: 07/01/2022

The Government is consulting on a national relaxation of licensing hours for Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on the 2 June 2022.  The consultation is aimed at members of the public, local licensing authorities, licensed premises, and other interested parties in England and Wales where these proposals apply.

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People asked to keep Wales safe as alert level 2 measures stay in place Published Date: 06/01/2022

First Minister Mark Drakeford has asked people to keep taking steps to protect each other and keep Wales safe from the wave of Omicron cases, as he confirms that alert level 2 measures will stay in place in Wales.

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Ministers reject calls for council meetings to be held online Published Date: 04/01/2022

Councils must continue holding meetings in person, the Government has said, as it rejected calls to introduce laws despite the spread of the Omicron variant.

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LAIA 2018 Refreshed Guidance Documents - To come into force 1st Feb 2022 Published Date: 04/01/2022

Defra has been working with stakeholders to carry out a “light touch review” of the guidance notes that accompany The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.

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Consultation to extend licensing hours for Queen's Platinum Jubilee Published Date: 03/01/2022

Pubs, clubs and bars could be allowed to stay open for an extra 2 hours over extended bank holiday weekend.

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TEN forms updated Published Date: 01/01/2022

The online Temporary Event Notice (TEN) Form and the Prescribed form of counter notice (permitted limits) have been updated on gov.uk to reflect a change in the number of TENs permitted in a calendar year.

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Scotland: Nightclubs to close Published Date: 23/12/2021

Nightclubs will close from 27 December to tackle the transmission of Omicron which continues to spread rapidly. The Scottish Government says the closures will be reviewed in three weeks/

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Northern Ireland Executive announces £40 million support for hospitality sector Published Date: 23/12/2021

A £40 million support package for businesses in the hospitality sector has been announced by the Northern Ireland Executive.

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Strengthened measures to keep Wales safe as omicron strikes Published Date: 22/12/2021

New measures including 2m social distancing in all premises open to the public and workplaces, and the rule of 6  gatherings in regulated premises will be introduced from 6am on Boxing Day to help keep Wales safe.

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Scotland: £21 million to support culture and events Published Date: 22/12/2021

A £21 million support package to support Scotland's cultural and events organisations and freelancers experiencing cancellations due to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant has been announced.

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Self-isolation for COVID-19 cases reduced from 10 to 7 days following negative LFD tests Published Date: 22/12/2021

From today (22 December 2022), new guidance enables the 10-day self-isolation period for people who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) to be reduced to 7 days, in most cases.

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Updated: Licensing authority guide to right to work checks Published Date: 22/12/2021

This guidance is for licensing authority staff responsible for the issue, renewal, suspension and revocation of private hire and taxi driver licences and operator licences (called booking office licences in Scotland). It has been updated to explain changes to checks from 6 April 2022.

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The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development etc.) Amendment Order Published Date: 21/12/2021

The Government laid in Parliament a Statutory Instrument making permanent the right to erect without planning application a "moveable structure within the curtilage of [non-listed] pubs, cafes, restaurants or historic visitor attractions".

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Guidance updated: Coronavirus (COVID-19): taxis and PHVs Published Date: 21/12/2021

The guidance on actions that drivers, operators and owners of taxis or private hire vehicles (PHVs) can take to protect against coronavirus has been updated to include the latest advice on lateral flow testing.

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£1 billion in support for businesses most impacted by Omicron across the UK Published Date: 21/12/2021

Additional support will be available for businesses who have been impacted by the Omicron variant, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has announced.

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Ola wins new London PHV operator’s licence as appeal allowed Published Date: 21/12/2021

Ola, the world’s third largest app-based operator of private hire vehicles (“PHV”) and taxis, with some 1.5 million drivers globally, has a new 15-month London private hire operator’s licence following their successful appeal against Transport for London’s (“TfL”) decision not to renew their licence when it expired back in October 2020. The case was reported in The Telegraph on 17 December 2021.

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Scotland introduce further measures to reduce spread of Omicron variant Published Date: 21/12/2021

Scotland is introducing additional steps to slow spread of dominant Omicron variant that will be reviewed after three weeks.

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Outdoor weddings and civil partnerships consultation launched Published Date: 20/12/2021

Marrying couples will have greater choice in how they celebrate their big day under government plans to legalise outdoor weddings in England and Wales.

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Boost for high streets and businesses as markets and outdoor marquees allowed permanently Published Date: 20/12/2021

Measures originally introduced during the pandemic will now be made permanent following public consultation.

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Restrictions for sporting events in Wales from Boxing Day Published Date: 20/12/2021

Sporting events will be played behind closed doors from Boxing Day in Wales to help control the spread of the new omicron variant.

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Animal Welfare Guidance review Published Date: 17/12/2021

Defra has been working with stakeholders to carry out a “light touch review” of the guidance notes that accompany The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018. The updated guidance notes will come into force on 1st February 2022 and will be published on gov.uk in html format.

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Welsh Government: Review of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No.5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 17/12/2021

First Minister First Minister, Mark Drakeford MS has published a written statement following the latest review of the coronavirus regulations.    The statement sets out the Welsh Government’s expectations that the number of cases of the omicron variant will increase sharply, and new restrictions which will come into force on 27 December to help control the spread of the virus and to prevent large numbers of people needing hospital care. The measures include 2 metre social distancing for businesses and services after Christmas, while nightclubs must close from 27th December.

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Government not extending provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 to airside premises Published Date: 16/12/2021

The Government said there is not sufficient new evidence which makes a compelling case for extending all of the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 to airside premises.

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Joint statement from the Northern Ireland Executive – update on COVID-19 situation Published Date: 16/12/2021

Statement from the Executive says scenario planning is underway to develop a package of potential measures that could be used to slow the spread of the virus and when would be the most effective time to deploy them.

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Scotland: New Guidance for Businesses published Published Date: 16/12/2021

New guidance to help limit the rapid spread of the Omicron variant has been published. This guidance will take effect from 00.01 Friday 17 December. From Friday, businesses will be legally required to take reasonable measures to minimise transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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COVID Pass starts in England today Published Date: 15/12/2021

Adults in England must now show a Covid pass to enter nightclubs, big sports matches and other large events - despite nearly 100 Conservative MPs voting against the government's plans.

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Scotland: New measures required to slow the spread of Coronavirus Published Date: 15/12/2021

As Omicron continues to spread, the Scottish Government sets out new guidance and measures to take effect from midnight on Friday to stem the flow of transmission, keep businesses and services open, and protect against pressure on health services.

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Welsh Government Consultation: Violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence (VAWDASV) National Strategy Published Date: 15/12/2021

The Welsh Government are seeking views on an updated National Strategy to stop violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

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Guidance: Carrying out mandatory COVID-19 status checks at your venue or event Published Date: 14/12/2021

Guidance has been published for organisations setting out which venues and events must use the NHS COVID Pass, or equivalent proof of vaccination or testing, as a condition of entry, and how to operate the scheme.  It is published on the basis that if approved by Parliament, checking the COVID-19 status of attendees will be mandatory in certain settings from 6am Wednesday 15 December.

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LGA calls for urgent legislation for remote council meetings in light of Omicron variant Published Date: 13/12/2021

Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, calls for urgent legislation to facilitate councils being able to host remote meetings in light of the Omicron variant.

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Avoid illegal puppy sellers Published Date: 13/12/2021

Councils have warned people looking to buy a puppy this Christmas to be on the lookout for criminal sellers.

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UK coronavirus (COVID-19) UK alert level increased from Level 3 to Level 4 Published Date: 13/12/2021

Following advice from the UK Health Security Agency and in the light of the rapid increase in Omicron cases, the UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England National Medical Director have recommended to ministers that the UK COVID-19 alert level should increase from Level 3 to Level 4.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Entry to Venues and Events) (England) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 13/12/2021

The draft Regulations imposing duties on those responsible for organising certain events, or managing certain venues to check the vaccination status of costumers in England have been published. These Regulations will be voted on, on Tuesday 13 December 2021 by the House of Commons.

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NEXSTART Group A Spiking Note Published Date: 13/12/2021

NEXSTART Group A has produced an advice note on spiking.

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House of Lords Report: Towns and Cities: Local Power is the Path to Recovery Published Date: 12/12/2021

The House of Lords COVID-19 Committee has published its report which recommends increased power and resources for local authorities, a blended approached to regeneration and a focus on tackling inequalities.

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Wales remain at Level 0 but face coverings regulations amended from 11 December Published Date: 11/12/2021

First Minister Mark Drakeford has issued a written statement following the review of The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) Regulations 2020.  The statement advises that  changes on face coverings (intended to remove any ambiguity from the regulations) will come into force on Saturday 11 December, meanwhile Wales will remain at alert level zero, although the public health situation will be closely monitored with Ministers meeting regularly to consider if additional protections are necessary in light of the omicron variant.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 10/12/2021

These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings) (England) Regulations 2021 (“the principal Regulations”) to add to the list of places where face coverings must be worn, provide for gatherings where face coverings need not be worn, correct errors in the principal Regulations, remove the powers of the Secretary of State to disapply its legal requirements for the purposes of legal research, and clarify which persons are potentially liable to prosecution for an offence in relation to contraventions of regulations 6 and 7. They also extend the period during which the Regulations are in force until 26th January 2022.

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Home Affairs Committee launch spiking inquiry Published Date: 10/12/2021

As part of this inquiry, the Committee has also launched a public survey to give individuals who have experienced or witnessed incidents of spiking ,the opportunity to explain what happened and what support was provided following the incident, including what happened if the incident was reported.

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Concerns mount over COVID-19 measures impacting fragile recovery Published Date: 10/12/2021

Britain’s managed pub, bar and restaurant groups recorded tentative sales growth in November, the new edition of the Coffer CGA Business Tracker reveals—but with the news of restrictions due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19, and supply and staffing costs all rising, Christmas trading is under severe pressure.

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Gambling Commission publishes Compliance and Enforcement Report Published Date: 09/12/2021

The Gambling Commission has published its annual Compliance and Enforcement Report – a document featuring the findings of the regulator’s extensive casework against licence holders and detailing where the industry needs to raise standards.

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Negative COVID-19 tests added to Scotland’s vaccine passport scheme Published Date: 08/12/2021

Covid certification scheme includes provision for a negative test for Covid-19, as an alternative to proof of vaccination.

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Prime Minister announce Plan B for England Published Date: 08/12/2021

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced that England will move to Plan B with the first measures being introduced from this week.

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United Trade Action Group Ltd, R (On the Application Of) v Transport for London [2021] EWHC 3290 (Admin) Published Date: 06/12/2021

The High Court has handed down its judgement in the case of United Trade Action Group Ltd, R (On the Application Of) v Transport for London [2021] EWHC 3290 (Admin).

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Ireland closes nightclubs and tightens Covid rules Published Date: 05/12/2021

Irish Government approves additional public health measures to help to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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Updated Government guidance to reflect new rules in response to Omicron variant Published Date: 05/12/2021

The Government has updated a range of online guidance to reflect new rules in response to Omicron variant.

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Renewed call for remote meetings as omicron spreads Published Date: 05/12/2021

Lawyers in Local Government and the Association of Democratic Services Officers have called on the Government to restore the ability of councils to meet remotely, even if only for a temporary period, in light of the emergence of the Omicron Covid variant.

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Wales Covid pass pub extension Published Date: 05/12/2021

BBC reports that a decision on whether to extend Covid passes to pubs and restaurants will be made at the "last minute", First Minister Mark Drakeford has said.

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Updated Coronavirus (COVID-19) taxis and PHV guidance Published Date: 02/12/2021

Guidance on actions that drivers, operators and owners of taxis or private hire vehicles (PHVs) can take to protect against coronavirus has been updated.

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NTIA campaign: Night Time Advisors for every major city Published Date: 02/12/2021

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) have launched a campaign to establish the position of Night Time Economy Advisors in every major city in the UK, arguing they will help to kickstart the embattled sector’s recovery from pandemic closures.

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SIA enforcement operations target Shropshire and Staffordshire venues, clubs and bars Published Date: 02/12/2021

Investigators from the Security Industry Authority (SIA) conducted enforcement operations in Telford and Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton on Saturday 27 November.

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Greentube Alderney Limited fined £685K for social responsibility and money laundering failures Published Date: 02/12/2021

Greentube Alderney – which operates admiralcasino.co.uk and bellfruitcasino.com – will also undergo extensive independent auditing for the failures which occurred between December 2019 and November 2020.

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Hidden economy conditionality - Northern Ireland and Scotland Published Date: 01/12/2021

The government will introduce legislation in the next Finance Bill to make the renewal of certain licences in Scotland and Northern Ireland conditional on applicants completing checks that confirm they are appropriately registered for tax. The government intends to implement this change from April 2023.

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The Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2021 Published Date: 01/12/2021

The Department for Communities has updated its website regarding the expected commencement dates of the remaining changes that the Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2021 makes to liquor licensing laws in Northern Ireland.

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Sefton Council overturns Magistrates Court’s decision to grant ex-policeman convicted of child abduction taxi licence. Published Date: 29/11/2021

Sefton Council have successfully appealed the decision of the Magistrates Court to grant a taxi driver licence to a former policeman with a previous conviction for abducting a 15-year-old girl.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings) (England) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 29/11/2021

The instrument makes this provision by requiring members of the public to wear face coverings indoors in a number of relevant places including whilst inside certain indoor settings including shops, shopping centres, banks, transports hubs, and when using public transport services, in England, except in limited cases.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 29/11/2021

The effect of this amendment will be that anyone in England who is notified by NHS Test and Trace (or other specified bodies) that they are a close contact of a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant will be legally required to self-isolate regardless of age or vaccination status.

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England's Covid rules are being strengthened Published Date: 28/11/2021

England's Covid rules are being strengthened in response to concern over the Omicron variant, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced. From 4am Tuesday 30 November face coverings will be compulsory in shops and other settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers, as well as on public transport unless individuals are exempt from doing so.

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Chairman's Special Recognition 2021 Published Date: 26/11/2021

IoL Chairman Daniel Davies presented special recognitions to Margaret O'Donnell and Joanne Moran from Wirral Council and Kate Roberts from Merseyside Police at the IoL's National Training Conference on 18th November 2021.

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Sarah Clover and Gary Grant awarded Fellowship Published Date: 25/11/2021

It was a pleasure and a privilege for the Institute of Licensing to be able to recognise the unique contributions to licensing and to the Instiute of Licensing for two of its prominent Board members. Gary Grant and Sarah Clover were both awarded Fellowship at the Institute's Gala dinner on Thursday 18th November 2021.

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High Court refuse judicial review claim in premises licence transfer case Published Date: 25/11/2021

The High Court refuse permission to bring a judicial review claim in premises licence transfer consent dispute.

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Permission to apply for judicial review granted in challenge to COVID Culture Recovery Fund Published Date: 25/11/2021

Permission to apply for judicial review has been granted in a challenge against the refusal to provide Cultural Recovery Funding as operated by the Art Council at the behest of the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture Media and Sports.

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No extension to Scottish vaccine passport scheme Published Date: 23/11/2021

Scotland's vaccine passport system will not be extended to more venues, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

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Andy Parsons wins 10th Jeremy Allen Award (2021) Published Date: 21/11/2021

The Award, provided by Poppleston Allen Solicitors and the Institute of Licensing, was presented to Andy Parsons in recognition of his oustanding contribution to licensing through his long term public service within the Home Office.

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Gambling Commission Consultation on changes and updates to the Licensing, Compliance, and Enforcement Policy Published Date: 19/11/2021

The Gambling Commission are consulting on proposed changes and updates to its Licensing, Compliance and Enforcement Policy. The consultation will run until 9 February 2022).

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Offenders to be banned from drinking to cut alcohol-fuelled crime Published Date: 17/11/2021

Offenders released from prison face being banned from drinking from today (17 November 2021) under world-first plans to curb alcohol-fuelled crime.

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DVLA seeks views on widening pool of healthcare professionals completing medical questionnaires Published Date: 08/11/2021

DVLA has launched a consultation on widening the pool of healthcare professionals that can complete a driver’s medical questionnaire. The aim is to reduce the burden on the medical profession.

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Updated online immigration status Published Date: 08/11/2021

The Home Office has updated its immigration status checking guidance.

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SEV licensing to be implemented in the Highlands Published Date: 08/11/2021

Sex entertainment venues (SEVs) in the Highlands will be required to hold a licence from 2023, following a decision by the council’s licensing committee.

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New safety standards for Greater Manchester’s taxis move a step closer Published Date: 07/11/2021

Greater Manchester’s Leaders have published the final set of standards that taxis and private hire vehicles that are licensed by GM local authorities will be expected to meet by 2024. There will be local transition arrangements to help smooth the path for owners of vehicles, as well as funding from the GM Clean Air Plan to help locally licensed vehicle owners to upgrade to lower emission vehicles.

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High Court Rule on Hackney Carriage proprietor licence dispute Published Date: 07/11/2021

In Camayo v Colchester Borough Council [2021] EWHC 2933, Peter Marquand, sitting as a deputy High Court judge, ruled on a Hackney Carriage ownership dispute.

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Taxi driver shortages Published Date: 07/11/2021

The Licensed Private Car Hire Association (LPCHA) estimates the industry is short of 160,000 of the previously 300,000-strong workforce who have not returned after the pandemic. It has suggested that a backlog in licensing and registration of vehicles, as well as criminal and medical checks for drivers, are partly to blame.

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Manchester Crown Court dismiss cases brought by Animal Protection Services Published Date: 07/11/2021

HH Judge Nicholas Dean Q.C., Honorary Recorder of Manchester, has dismissed two cases brought by Animal Protection Services, a private prosecutor, following serious concerns they "may have been involved in systematic fraud and in perverting the course of public justice."

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Ex-mayor's removal as DPS overturned on appeal Published Date: 01/11/2021

A court as overturned a decision of Fenland Council's sub-committee to remove former Wisbech mayor Aigars Balsevics as DPS of the Angel public house in Wisbech for Covid-19 breaches.

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Taxi driver loses two appeals against licence revocation Published Date: 31/10/2021

Aldershot Magistrates Court has upheld our decision to revoke a person's Private Hire Driver and Operator Licence.

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Member survey re First Aid conditions on premises licences Published Date: 31/10/2021

The IoL hopes to assist the Inquiry in understanding the position in relation to premises licence conditions concerning first aid provision,

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The taxi shortage is making women feel unsafe Published Date: 31/10/2021

Cancelled rides and long waits for cabs across the UK are fuelling women’s fears.

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Spending Review 2021 Published Date: 29/10/2021

The government has published the Spending Review, delivering on key commitments to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, support the jobs and industries of the future and invest in a high-wage, high-skill economy.

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Strengthened measures to reduce high coronavirus cases in Wales Published Date: 29/10/2021

First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced that  alert level zero protective measures will be strengthened to keep people safe and help reduce high levels of coronavirus in Wales.

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Betting And Gaming Council Pledge As New Report Suggests Problem and At-Risk Gambling Rates Are Falling Published Date: 28/10/2021

The Betting and Gaming Council has pledged to “keep up the momentum” in its quest to raise standards after a new report suggested that problem and at-risk gambling rates are falling.

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Vaccine passports could push people to pubs Published Date: 26/10/2021

Vaccine passports could fuel the spread of COVID-19 by encouraging people to go to poorly ventilated pubs instead of large venues, the Government’s own impact assessment has reportedly warned.

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Man who ran dog breeding business illegally for 16 months granted dog breeding licence Published Date: 26/10/2021

Plymouth Live reported that in March Plymouth City Council sought to ban Michael Dawson, aged 49, from selling dogs or being in any business which bred or sold them. He sold dogs over Facebook and Instagram without a licence.

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Two men arrested in Nottingham spiking investigation Published Date: 25/10/2021

Nottinghamshire Police have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into spiking incidents in Nottingham.

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Wales NHS Covid pass fines Published Date: 25/10/2021

The Welsh government has confirmed anyone caught using a fake Covid pass or lateral flow test result in Wales will be fined.

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‘Ask for Angela’ launched in London Published Date: 25/10/2021

The ‘Ask for Angela’ initiative is being rolled out to bars, clubs and other licensed businesses across the whole of London, including in the City of London.

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Consultation on draft regulations: tax conditionality for the hidden economy Published Date: 22/10/2021

HMRC has published draft regulations for technical consultation. The draft regulations contain administrative details about how the tax check process will operate; in particular, how certain actions must be carried out and when certain actions take place.

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National Pubwatch Awards: IoL Chairman Daniel Davies receives Award of Merit Published Date: 20/10/2021

The National Pubwatch Awards held at the House of Lords on 19th October saw Dan Davies, chairman of the Institute of Licensing (IoL), receive an Award of Merit. There were also two Bravery and Meritorious Conduct Awards given to door supervisor of Shooshh in Brighton, Clive Read and general manager of The Winery in Burton, Becky Goulding, while Bedsafe, the Bedford pubwatch, was awarded the National Pubwatch Award 2021.

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Door security shortage a 'threat to public safety' Published Date: 18/10/2021

A shortage of door security staff in the UK could become a "threat to public safety", the Night Time Industry Association (NTIA) has warned.

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Scottish vaccine certification scheme - information for local authorities Published Date: 18/10/2021

Scottish government issue guidance to help local councils enforce the vaccine certification (or COVID passport) scheme.

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Scotland vaccine passport scheme has become enforceable by law Published Date: 18/10/2021

The Scottish government's vaccine passport scheme has become enforceable by law from today (18/10/2021).

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Licence application tax check: information and communications resources Published Date: 16/10/2021

HMRC has published information on Gov.UK to help licensees and licensing bodies to prepare for new tax checks that were introduced in Schedule 33 of Finance Act 2021.

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Scottish Government publish further vaccine passport guidance Published Date: 16/10/2021

Scottish Government publish further vaccine passport guidance including privacy templates, sample certificates, guidance on how to carry out the scheme.

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Union files claim against Uber over alleged racial bias in facial recognition software Published Date: 16/10/2021

A workers' union has filed a claim alleging that a facial recognition algorithm used by Uber is leading to the termination of darker-skinned workers at a disproportionate rate.

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SIA publishes interim update to the Manchester Arena Inquiry Published Date: 15/10/2021

The SIA has published its interim update to the Manchester Arena Inquiry, which outlines the SIA's progress on 2 of the Inquiry's monitored recommendations.

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Regulatory settlement for Leeds Casino Published Date: 13/10/2021

A casino will pay £450,000 after a Gambling Commission investigation revealed social responsibility and anti-money laundering failures at the business.

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90,000 jobs lost to Covid in Cultural Night Time Sector Published Date: 11/10/2021

A new report released today has found that the UK’s night time cultural economy sector has been ravaged by the pandemic, with around 86,000 jobs lost in the sector since the 2019 high. The revelations have implications for the wider economy’s recovery from the pandemic, with clear evidence of significant economic ‘scarring’.

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Wales NHS Covid passes become compulsory Published Date: 11/10/2021

They are compulsory for over-18s, and show people have either tested negative on a lateral flow test or are fully vaccinated against Covid.

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Review of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restriction) (No.5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 10/10/2021

The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 require a review of the coronavirus restrictions is undertaken every three weeks. The most recent review was due by 8 October.

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Walsall extend cumulative impact areas in updated licensing policy Published Date: 10/10/2021

Following a cumulative impact area (CIA) consultation earlier this summer, Walsall’s full council approved an updated licensing policy, expanding the cumulative impact policy currently in place across the WS1 postcode area. These changes to the policy have taken effect.

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Statement on Executive decisions – Covid relaxations in Northern Ireland, October 2021 Published Date: 08/10/2021

The Executive has agreed a number of gradual and proportionate relaxations to the current Coronavirus restrictions, informed by medical and scientific advice. The relaxations will take effect on 14th and 31st October 2021.

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IoL member survey: Proposal for mandatory COVID certification in a Plan B scenario: call for evidence Published Date: 05/10/2021

The Autumn and Winter Plan 2021, published on 14 September, sets out the government’s aims to sustain the progress made and prepare the country for future challenges, while ensuring the National Health Service (NHS) does not come under unsustainable pressure. If the data suggests the NHS is likely to come under unsustainable pressure, the government has prepared a Plan B for England.

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Updated: Licensing authority guide to right to work checks Published Date: 05/10/2021

Updated guidance for licensing authorities on how to check the immigration status of people who apply for a taxi or private hire licence.

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Scottish vaccine certification scheme - what do you need to know and do? Published Date: 05/10/2021

Stephen McGowan from TLT Solicitors and IoL Scotland Regional Chair produced guidance on the Scottish vaccine certification scheme.

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Police & Local Authorities given extra £23.5m for safer streets  Published Date: 04/10/2021

Successful bids from the third round of the Safer Streets Fund announced, with Police and Crime Commissioners and local authorities across England and Wales to receive a total of £23.5 million on top of the £18.4 million already awarded this year for the second round of the Fund

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Westminster amends Licensing Policy to introduce alcohol delivery policy changes Published Date: 01/10/2021

Westminster approved amendments to its Licensing Policy to introduce new policies around delivery of alcohol as well as Late Night Refreshment.

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Scotland issue vaccine certification scheme guidance Published Date: 01/10/2021

The Scottish Government has issued guidance on how the vaccine certification (or COVID passport) scheme operates and what venues, businesses and event organisers need to do.

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Landmark report reveals harms associated with gambling Published Date: 01/10/2021

Landmark report reveals harms associated with gambling estimated to cost society at least £1.27 billion a year

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Proposal for mandatory COVID certification in a Plan B scenario: call for evidence Published Date: 01/10/2021

The government is inviting responses to the detail on the proposed certification regime which could be introduced as part of Plan B. The government is particularly interested in views from businesses, event organisers and venue operators, including from those that have experience of using certification on a voluntary basis over the summer, and on the proposals for the workforce.

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Northern Ireland Betting in line for major gambling law changes as the Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Amendment) Bill reaches 2nd stage Published Date: 30/09/2021

Deirdre Hargey, Northern Ireland’s Minister for Communities, has presented the Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Amendment) Bill to the Northern Ireland Assembly.   The Bill had its second reading on 27 September, marking the second  of a seven-step process that must be completed before the amendment expires in 2022.

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New Hospitality Council to guide the sector's recovery Published Date: 30/09/2021

A team of industry experts has been assembled to help England’s pubs, restaurants and cafes to thrive.  The council met for the first time this week and its purpose is to help deliver the government’s Hospitality Strategy which intended to help firms to reopen, recover and become resilient following the pandemic through al fresco dining and takeaways.

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Updated COVID-19 regulations guidance Published Date: 29/09/2021

The government has updated guidance on council powers under COVID-19 regulations.

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Vaccine passports could be mandatory at indoor and outdoor venues Published Date: 29/09/2021

The prospect of vaccine passports being used at indoor and outdoor venues in England this winter has been raised again by the Government.

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New controls on gambling in central London to protect the most vulnerable Published Date: 28/09/2021

Westminster City Council is consulting on a unique new gambling policy that aims to protect people who may be vulnerable to gambling-related harm and gambling addiction.

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New report from Poppleston Allen and Francis Taylor Building defines legal timeline of the COVID-19 restrictions that impacted the hospitality sector. Published Date: 24/09/2021

In what is believed to be a sector first, today sees the national launch of a 50-page report covering the COVID-19 related legislative changes which affected the hospitality sector, from the start of restrictions to Step 4 of the Roadmap and the full re-opening of hospitality in July 2021.

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Legal Challenge for vaccine passports in Scotland Published Date: 23/09/2021

The Night Time Industries Association has reportedly instructed lawyers to commence legal proceedings against the Scottish government in relation to plans to require people to prove they have had two doses of vaccine before entering certain venues and large events.

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Scotland's Vaccine Passport Scheme - further details confirmed Published Date: 23/09/2021

The Scottish Government has published an update on plans for introducing a COVID-19 vaccine certification scheme, including how the scheme will operate.

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Sajid Javid won’t rule out vaccine passports for pubs Published Date: 21/09/2021

In yet a further development, it has been reported that Sajid Javid said he won’t rule out vaccine passports for pubs. This follows an announcement that the Government plans to introduce vaccine passports for access into nightclubs and large events in England have been shelved.

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Regional COVID-19 restrictions could return as local health chiefs get new powers Published Date: 21/09/2021

Councils and regional health chiefs have been given new powers to implement COVID-19 safety measures to use if the NHS in their areas become overwhelmed during the winter. These include enforcing mask wearing and social distancing in public spaces, buildings and transport and allow councils to close individual premises or events.

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Cheltenham pursues climate ambition and improved accessibility for taxis Published Date: 21/09/2021

Council commits to reviewing its wheelchair accessible vehicle policy in line with meeting its climate zero carbon ambition by 2030. Dialogue advances with app developer to book accessible vehicles

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Gambling APPG announce a review of the Gambling Commission Published Date: 21/09/2021

The Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group has decided that for the year 2021/2022 it shall focus some of its time undertaking an investigation into the competence and effectiveness of the regulator of British gambling, the Gambling Commission.

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Establishing a statutory registration or licensing scheme for holiday accommodation operators in Wales Published Date: 21/09/2021

Strategic Research & Insight (SRI), an independent Cardiff-based research agency has been commissioned by Welsh Government to interview stakeholders to explore establishing a statutory registration or licensing scheme for holiday accommodation operators in Wales.

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COVID Pass for events and nightclubs announced in Wales Published Date: 19/09/2021

People will have to show a NHS COVID Pass to enter nightclubs and attend events in Wales from next month, the First Minister announced.

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The Alcohol Licensing (Coronavirus) (Regulatory Easements) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 16/09/2021

These Regulations amend section 11 of the Business and Planning Act 2020. Section 11 makes temporary modifications to the Licensing Act 2003 and specifies that these modifications expire on 30 September 2021.

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Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2021 Published Date: 14/09/2021

The Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2021 (the Act) which received Royal Assent on 26 August 2021. The changes will come into effect in phases over the next few years with Phase 1 on 1 October 2021.

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Prime Minister sets out autumn and winter Covid plan Published Date: 14/09/2021

The Prime Minister has set out the government’s plan to manage Covid throughout autumn and winter, with Plan B measures held in reserve if needed.

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No Vaccine Passports for England Published Date: 13/09/2021

Plans to introduce vaccine passports for access into nightclubs and large events in England have been shelved.

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Scotland to launch vaccine passports on 1 October Published Date: 09/09/2021

The Scottish Parliament has approved the use of Coronavirus vaccination certificates to enter some events and higher risk venues.

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District Judge dismisses driver’s appeal for asking passenger intrusive questions Published Date: 07/09/2021

A District Judge has dismissed an appeal against the revocation of a private hire driver’s licence after finding he was guilty of a “wholly inappropriate intrusion into the private life” of a passenger on two separate journeys.

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Marcus Boyle appointed as new Chair of Gambling Commission Published Date: 07/09/2021

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has appointed Marcus Boyle as the next chair of the Gambling Commission for a term of five years.

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Covid passports to start in England this month Published Date: 06/09/2021

Vaccine passports in nightclubs and other indoor venues in England will be required at the end of this month, the vaccines minister has confirmed.

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Government consultation on changes to planning law to make outdoor measures for high streets permanent Published Date: 06/09/2021

This consultation contains proposed changes to two time-limited permitted development rights which were introduced to support businesses and the high street in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It covers moveable structures within the curtilage of a pub, café, restaurant, or historic visitor attractions and markets to be held by or on behalf of local authorities.

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Further relaxations in Northern Ireland announced Published Date: 06/09/2021

The Northern Ireland Executive has agreed a number of modest relaxations to the current Coronavirus Regulations which will come into effect on 10 September

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The Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill listed for 2nd reading Published Date: 06/09/2021

The Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill is a Private Members Bill sponsored by Peter Gibson MP,  Conservative MP for Darlington.  The Bill was presented to Parliament on Wednesday 16 June 2021 through the ballot procedure. The Bill makes provision about licensing in relation to taxis and private hire vehicles for purposes relating to the safeguarding of passengers and road safety; and for connected purposes.

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Councils received 1,000 complaints a day about noisy neighbours during lockdowns Published Date: 02/09/2021

Councils received 1,000 complaints a day about noisy neighbours during the peak of the pandemic as multiple lockdowns forced many people to stay at home, according to a study.

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Right to work checks end of temporary adjustments extended further Published Date: 02/09/2021

Right to work checks end of temporary adjustments extended further to 2022 and revised guidance issued on 31 August 2021.

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Criminal checks for home-to-school drivers will be independently verified in Birmingham Published Date: 02/09/2021

A company will assist the council with verifying DBS checks of home-to-school transport drivers after a firm's contract was cancelled and another's was suspended

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Marcus Boyle appointed as new Chair of Gambling Commission Published Date: 02/09/2021

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has appointed Marcus Boyle as the next chair of the Gambling Commission for a term of five years.

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Ask for Angela Campaign Published Date: 01/09/2021

The Met and the Mayor of London have joined together with Safer Sounds, part of the Safer Business Network, and licensed venues across the capital to help keep people safe while enjoying a night out.

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National Pubwatch joins forces with Best Bar None to offer help to independent licensees and operators to make their venues safe Published Date: 24/08/2021

National Pubwatch and Best Bar None are working in partnership to support licensees and independent operators to reduce alcohol-related crime and meet their obligations under the Licensing Act.

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New powers to tackle cruel puppy smuggling move step closer Published Date: 23/08/2021

Welfare standards for dogs imported to the UK are to be tightened amid a rise in the "grim trade" of puppy smuggling, the government has said.

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Extension to contingency face covering distribution programme for both passengers and worker Published Date: 21/08/2021

The DfT have advised that a contingency face covering distribution programme has been extended in line with the recommendation and expectation that face coverings are worn in crowded settings such as public transport.

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Festival wins licence and defeats high court challenge Published Date: 21/08/2021

Event licence granted after High Court turns down judicial review claim on grounds of procedural defects.

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Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Bill - Second Reading Published Date: 19/08/2021

The Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Bill is set for a second reading in September.

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Appeal Court considers taxi driver’s licence revocation after acquittal in criminal courts Published Date: 18/08/2021

A case before Brighton Magistrates’ Court provides a good example of the proper approach to the fit and proper test being applied in practice in taxi licensing cases.

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Alcohol-related deaths reach 12-year high in Scotland Published Date: 18/08/2021

The number of deaths in Scotland attributed to alcohol have risen to the highest level in 12 years as experts warned the Covid-19 pandemic threatens to “undermine” recent progress.

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CMA calls for stronger laws to tackle illegal ticket resale Published Date: 17/08/2021

As live events such as music festivals and large sporting events resume over the coming months, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has set out several recommended changes to the law and existing system of regulation, which are intended to protect consumers.

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Pubs and clubs which enforce vaccine passports could open fully during Covid surges Published Date: 17/08/2021

The Telegraph reported that nightclubs and concert venues could avoid social distancing rules during future coronavirus surges by agreeing to only admit customers who are double jabbed.

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Councils call to add public health to licensing remit for pubs and bars Published Date: 17/08/2021

The LGA has called for public health to be added to the factors councils consider when granting licences for bars, clubs and other premises, in a bid to reduce the number of alcohol-related hospital admissions.

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Welsh Government Consultation: Pet sales licensing regulations – local authority guidance Published Date: 16/08/2021

The Welsh Government are consulting on proposed regulations under the new Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (Wales) Regulations 2021. The consultation will close on 1 October 2021.

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Over 7,000 licensed premises still in limbo following ‘freedom day’ Published Date: 16/08/2021

More than 7,000 licensed premises have not yet returned after last month’s ‘freedom day’, the latest Market Recovery Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners reveals.

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Welsh Government Consultation: Dog breeding establishments - local authority guidance Published Date: 16/08/2021

The Welsh Government are consulting on proposed recommendations as a result of the review of the Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations 2014 (the “Regulations”). The consultation will close on  17 September 2021.

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Northern Ireland Executive agrees relaxation of COVID rules Published Date: 12/08/2021

The Northern Ireland Executive has agreed to move on some major issues, including removal of the need to self-isolate for those who have received both vaccinations, and to permit the return of conferences and exhibitions and extend the numbers allowed at outdoor domestic settings.

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Licensing committees and procedural defects Published Date: 10/08/2021

A recent High Court decision is a timely reminder of the principal that procedural requirements are there to further the interests of justice.

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LGA calls for public health objective Published Date: 09/08/2021

The LGA say that giving councils the powers to consider the public health impact of licensing decisions is vital to protect communities from harm, reduce NHS costs and save lives.

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Gambling Commission publishes new research which explores the gambling journeys and behaviours of young people Published Date: 06/08/2021

The Gambling Commission has published new research which explores the gambling journeys and behaviours of young people and adults aged 16 to 30.

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Nightlife industry joins COVID-19 vaccine push for young people Published Date: 06/08/2021

Leading figures of the nightlife industry – including venues Ministry of Sound and Heaven – have joined the national effort to get the country vaccinated as they urge young people to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Most of Wales' coronavirus rules to end Published Date: 06/08/2021

First Minister Mark Drakeford will urge everyone to continue to help prevent the spread of coronavirus as he confirms Wales will move to the new alert level zero on Saturday [August 7].

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Government's National Disability Strategy Published Published Date: 06/08/2021

This strategy sets out the actions the government will take to improve the everyday lives of all disabled people including provisions relating to taxi accessibility.

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Journal of Licensing and LINK Magazines now online Published Date: 06/08/2021

Download the latest Journal of Licensing (Edition 30) and LINK magazine (Edition 11) from the IoL website.

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Government-backed insurance scheme to give boost to events industry Published Date: 05/08/2021

The live events sector is set to get a boost with a government-backed insurance scheme worth over £750 million, which will help them plan events with confidence through to next year, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced.

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Statutory guidance amended: Local authority powers to impose restrictions: Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No 3) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 05/08/2021

The Statutory guidance: Local authority powers to impose restrictions: Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No 3) Regulations 2020, has been amended to remove reference to a recommendation asking the local authority to seek advice from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport when issuing a direction on events, added references to the 3 legal tests in the examples section, plus some minor changes to wording throughout.

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Scotland to move beyond level 0 Published Date: 03/08/2021

The legal requirement for physical distancing and limits on gatherings will be removed on 9 August when all venues across Scotland are able to re-open.

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DfT publish 2021 taxi and private hire licensing statistics Published Date: 01/08/2021

Data about the number of licensed taxis and private hire vehicles in England and Wales, produced by Department for Transport.

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MHCLG letter to Council Chief Executives on supporting temporary campsites in England this summer Published Date: 28/07/2021

Robert Jenrick MP tells councils to help meet the increased demand for domestic holidays over the summer because the Government wants to see more temporary campsites.

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Taxi driver fined for driving with an expired taxi licence Published Date: 27/07/2021

Vale of White Horse district Council has successfully prosecuted a taxi driver from Oxford after he admitted driving a taxi when not licensed to do so and failing to report damage to a licensed vehicle to the council.

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Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives Published Date: 27/07/2021

The Government decided to introduce legislation to restrict promotions of HFSS products by location and price in retailers that sell food and drink in-store and online in England. The government intends to lay legislation by mid-2021. The new legislation will be enforced by local authorities.

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Data shows the impact of Covid-19 on gambling behaviour Published Date: 27/07/2021

The Gambling Commission has published further data showing how the evolving Covid-19 lockdown measures have impacted online gambling behaviour in Great Britain.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for local government updated Published Date: 27/07/2021

Updates include additions to business and charity support, local government finance and funding, national restrictions, public health, schools and education, testing, travel, and vaccines.

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MHCLG letter to Chief Executives on Delivery and Recovery of Local Authority Regulatory Services Published Date: 23/07/2021

MHCLG letter to Chief Executives on Delivery and Recovery of Local Authority Regulatory Services calling on LAs to "support the ongoing need for you to prioritise activity based on local need and intelligence".

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IoL welcome parliamentary report recommending better regulation of cosmetic treatments Published Date: 22/07/2021

The Institute of Licensing, RSPH, the Chartered Institute of Environment Health, the UK Public Health Network, the Joint Council for Cosmetics Practitioners, and Save Face, respond to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing’s recent report into the cosmetics industry.

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Extended pavement licensing Regulations comes into effect Published Date: 21/07/2021

The Business and Planning Act 2020 (Pavement Licences) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2021, which extend temporary pavement licence provisions to 30 September 2022, comes into effect.

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Government commit in principle to making pavement licensing permanent Published Date: 21/07/2021

The Government has confirmed it is considering the long-term future of pavement licences, with the aim of consulting on how to make them permanent.

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Two jabs needed to enter nightclubs from September Published Date: 21/07/2021

People attending nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather in England will need to be fully vaccinated from the end of September, the government says.

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Updated guidance for pavement licences Published Date: 21/07/2021

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

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Plans for new unitary councils in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset Published Date: 21/07/2021

The Local Government Secretary has confirmed plans to establish new unitary councils in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset.

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MPs call on Government to address complete absence of regulation over botox and fillers and say maintaining the status quo is not an option Published Date: 21/07/2021

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing (the APPG), Chaired by Carolyn Harris MP and Judith Cummins MP, has published its final report into botox, fillers and similar aesthetic non-surgical cosmetic treatments.

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SIA publishes sector profile on recruitment and retention in the door supervision sector Published Date: 20/07/2021

The SIA has published a 'snapshot' profile of the door supervision sector. The report looks at employment issues in the sector. It draws on findings from recent surveys and past research conducted by the SIA. It also uses data from the SIA licensing system.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): taxis and PHVs guidance updated Published Date: 19/07/2021

Actions that drivers, operators and owners of taxis or private hire vehicles (PHVs) can take to protect against coronavirus.

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Government publishes new Hospitality Strategy for reopening, recovery and resilience Published Date: 19/07/2021

On Monday 19 July, the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets Paul Scully MP gave a written statement to the House of Commons on the Government's new Hospitality Strategy outlining plans to support the hospitality sector in recovering from the covid-19 pandemic. The strategy sets out the Government's long-term vision for the sector.

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Prime Minister urges caution as England moves to Step 4 Published Date: 19/07/2021

Cases continue to rise but the Government says the link with hospitalisations and deaths substantially weakened due to vaccination programme.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps etc.) (England) (Revocation and Amendment) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 18/07/2021

These Regulations revoke the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 and other Regulations imposing Covid restrictions.

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“Next steps towards a future with fewer covid rules” – Welsh First Minister Published Date: 15/07/2021

Wales will take its next step towards a future with fewer covid legal restrictions as First Minister Mark Drakeford today set out a longer-term plan for the summer.

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Government strategy to regenerate high streets Published Date: 15/07/2021

Long-term plan to support the evolution of high streets into thriving places to work, visit and live will breathe new life into town centres has been launched.

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Joint IoL and NTIA letter calls for pragmatism Published Date: 13/07/2021

A joint IoL and NTIA letter has been sent to Chairmen of Licensing Committees in councils across the country calling for pragmatism from licensing authorities saying "Partnership working with businesses, to allow them to recover and make their contribution to the economy has never been more important."

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Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread from 19 July Published Date: 13/07/2021

This Government guidance will come into effect when England moves to step 4 of the roadmap.

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Update from GOV.UK for: Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for local government Published Date: 13/07/2021

Updated guidance for local councils during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Scotland confirms Level 0 from 19 July Published Date: 13/07/2021

People should continue to follow public health measures to protect one another as all of Scotland prepares to move to Level 0 at 00:01 on Monday 19 July.

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Prime Minister confirms move to Step 4 Published Date: 12/07/2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that Step 4 of the Roadmap will go ahead on Monday 19 July.  This follows an initial delay from 21 June, which was intended to enable more adults to be vaccinated.

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Guidance updated - COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021 Published Date: 12/07/2021

The guidance has been updated to include the ‘Moving to Step 4 of the roadmap’ publication following the announcements earlier today. In addition, the Guidance 'Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread from 19 July' has been updated.

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Face coverings to continue in Wales Published Date: 11/07/2021

The Welsh Government has confirmed that face coverings will continue to be required in certain settings, such as public transport and taxis, and health and social care, as a minimum, while coronavirus remains a public health threat.

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Extending the free contingency face covering distribution programme for passengers Published Date: 08/07/2021

DfT extends the offer to transport bodies of contingency face coverings for passengers at zero cost in line with the decision to pause Step 4 of the roadmap by four weeks.

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The Licensing Act 2003 (2020 UEFA European Championship Licensing Hours) Order 2021 Published Date: 08/07/2021

This Order is made under section 172 of the Licensing Act 2003 (c. 17) and marks the occasion of the final match of the 2020 UEFA European Championship on 11th July 2021, which is hosted in the United Kingdom.

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Wedding or civil partnership guidance update Published Date: 08/07/2021

Guidance relating to "planning a wedding or civil partnership ceremony or reception, wake or commemorative event in venues such as gardens or marquees on private land" has been updated.

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Prime Minister sets out plan to ease restrictions at step 4 Published Date: 05/07/2021

COVID restrictions are set to end in England from step 4 of the Roadmap after the Prime Minister set out how life will soon return close to normal.

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Institute of Licensing response to consultation: Hidden economy conditionality – Northern Ireland and Scotland Published Date: 05/07/2021

The Institute of Licensing has responded to the consultation on hidden economy conditionality in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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Council to hold virtual full meeting due to Covid rise Published Date: 04/07/2021

Cheshire West & Chester Council is to hold its next full meeting virtually with decisions later ratified under urgency procedures.

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Prime Minister to set out plans ahead of step 4 Published Date: 04/07/2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will host a press conference this afternoon to set out plans for the final step of the Roadmap in England.

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Bedford confirmed as first town in UK to trial Uber ‘Local Cab’ initiative Published Date: 01/07/2021

It has been confirmed that Bedford will be the first town in the UK to trial a new Uber initiative in partnership with a local taxi company.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 30) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 01/07/2021

These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (“the Local Levels Regulations”).

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Northern Ireland’s liquor licensing reform passed by Stormont Published Date: 29/06/2021

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has today finalised a Bill to modernise outdated liquor licensing legislation in Northern Ireland.

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Red tape cut to allow campsites to remain open all summer Published Date: 27/06/2021

Local councils in England urged to support businesses to set-up temporary ‘pop-up’ campsites without the need to apply for planning permission. The provisions do not remove the legal requirement for campsite licences, and the government is encouraging local authorities to expedite new applications for licences to provide certainty for applicants.

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The Immigration (Restrictions on Employment and Residential Accommodation) (Prescribed Requirements and Codes of Practice) and Licensing Act 2003 (Personal and Premises Licences) (Forms) Order 2021 Published Date: 27/06/2021

This Order makes a number of changes to the documents which can be produced in order to evidence an individual’s right to work in the United Kingdom.

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Unlicensed and uninsured taxi driver fined and banned from driving, proprietor also fined Published Date: 25/06/2021

A taxi driver from Henley has been banned from driving and ordered to pay almost £1,000 after admitting driving a hackney carriage vehicle while not licensed and while uninsured. His taxi proprietor must also pay more than £1,200 following the offences, as it was their licensed vehicle he was driving.

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Welsh pub drinkers told to self-isolate Published Date: 25/06/2021

Drinkers at west Wales pub on day of Wales v Turkey Euro 2020 game told to self-isolate after positive Covid case

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Welsh government urge people not to sing or shout in order to stop the virus spreading Published Date: 25/06/2021

The Welsh government had asked fans to avoid shouting, singing, or chanting wherever they watched the game to try to prevent the virus spreading through air droplets.

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Popular bowling alley handed improvement notice just weeks after reopening Published Date: 25/06/2021

A popular bowling alley and entertainment venue has been handed an improvement notice for breaching coronavirus regulations just a month after reopening.

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Government announces more than 60,000 fans permitted to attend Euro 2020 semi-finals Published Date: 25/06/2021

UEFA EURO 2020 semi-finals and final on 6, 7 and 11 July 2021 will see the largest crowds assembled at a sporting event in the UK in over 15 months.

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Updated gov.uk Covid guidance Published Date: 25/06/2021

A round-up of updated Covid19 guidance published on gov.uk.

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Scotland Coronavirus Bill passed Published Date: 25/06/2021

Measures no longer necessary to support the ongoing public health response will be removed from the Scottish Coronavirus Acts after Parliament approved their expiration including expiration of powers to prevent the public attending in person local authority meetings and alcohol licensing hearings

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Scotland: "More normality if progress continues" Published Date: 25/06/2021

The whole of Scotland will move to Level 0 on 19 July if all necessary vaccination and harm reduction measures are met.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 29) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 25/06/2021

These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (“the Local Levels Regulations”) including provisions relating to hospitality venues.

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LLG calls for ability of local authorities to hold virtual meetings to be made permanent Published Date: 22/06/2021

LLG (Lawyers in Local Government) has called for the ability of local authorities in England to hold meetings virtually to be put on a permanent footing, “to be used flexibility by each individual local authority when it so determines”.

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TfL win appeal over High Court ruling that quashed closure of A10 in Bishopsgate under ‘Streetspace’ scheme Published Date: 22/06/2021

In January this year the High Court sided with a London Hackney Carriage trade group and ruled that the London Streetspace Plan and a traffic order closing part of the A10 at Bishopsgate, in the City of London, to most vehicles including taxis were both unlawful and should be quashed.

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Further delay to face to face right to work checks Published Date: 22/06/2021

The Government has announced that it will delay the requirements to undertake face to face right to work check to August.

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Taxi Licensing Appeal: Cartledge v Gedling Borough Council Published Date: 21/06/2021

It is sometimes said that if a taxi (hackney carriage) driver outside London applies to renew his driver’s licence, but the licensing authority fails to determine his application before the licence expires, he must stop working as a taxi driver until the authority makes a decision. A recent taxi-licensing appeal in Nottingham Crown Court suggests that the issue may not always be so clear-cut.  Gerald Gouriet QC explains the position in this authored article.

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Outdoor civil wedding and partnership registrations to be legalised Published Date: 20/06/2021

Outdoor civil wedding and partnership ceremonies in England and Wales are set to be legalised for the first time – offering greater choice to couples in a boost to the wedding sector.

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Northern Ireland delay relaxations until 5 July Published Date: 18/06/2021

In its statement, the Northern Ireland Executive cited concerns about the increase and speed of the Delta variant, and confirmed a new indicative date of 5 July for further relaxations (to be reviewed on 1 July). It was previously hoped that the relaxation of rules which include resumption of live music along with removing the cap on outdoor gatherings and other measures, would have come into force on 21 June.

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Rule changes on hold in Wales for 4 weeks as delta spreads Published Date: 18/06/2021

First Minister Mark Drakeford will announce a 4-week pause to the coronavirus rules today (June 18) to help boost protection against the new delta variant.

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MPs vote for a four-week delay to England's lockdown easing Published Date: 17/06/2021

MPs backed the government's delay by 461 to 60 to England's national Covid restrictions delay to 19 July 2021.

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New Nexstart advice notes issued Published Date: 17/06/2021

NEXSTART has issued two new advice notes dealing with issues associated with the use of outdoor areas.

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Hospitality, Tourism, Wedding and Event Sectors Join Forces to Threaten Legal Action Over Roadmap Delays Published Date: 17/06/2021

Over 45 hospitality, tourism, weddings and events companies have jointly written to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson today to threaten legal action should the July reopening date face further delay.

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Manchester Arena Enquiry Report - Volume 1: Security for the Arena Published Date: 17/06/2021

The Hon Sir John Saunders, Chairman of the Manchester Arena Inquiry has published Volume One of his report into the death of the 22 victims of the suicide bomb attack on 22nd May 2017. The report, Volume 1: Security for the Arena is the first of three and examines the security arrangements in place at the Manchester Arena.

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Marc Abraham awarded OBE in Queen's Birthday Honours Published Date: 16/06/2021

Marc Abraham (aka Marc the Vet) has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to animal welfare. Marc is a tireless campaigner for animal welfare and led the Lucy's Law campaign. He is currently leading a campaign to raise the minimum age for puppies imported into the UK. Marc joins other key IoL contacts including Kate Nicholls OBE and Andy Mahoney MBE who were awarded in the 2021 New Year Honours List.

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Jeremy Allen Award 2021 - Nominations now open Published Date: 16/06/2021

We are delighted to announce that the Jeremy Allen Award, now in its 10th year, in partnership with Poppleston Allen Solicitors, is now open for nominations.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps and Other Provisions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 15/06/2021

The Regulations extending the current restrictions in England have been published following the announcement by the Prime Minister on 14 June.

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Updated "Coronavirus restrictions what you can and cannot do" guidance Published Date: 15/06/2021

The government has announced a 4-week pause at Step 3. However, some restrictions will change on 21 June including weddings and commemorative events.

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Restaurants and pubs ‘face collapse’ during extended England lockdown Published Date: 15/06/2021

The Guardian reports that business groups call for government to support hospitality industry including nightclubs and bars.

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UKHospitality reacts to confirmation of delay to England lockdown easing Published Date: 14/06/2021

UKHospitality is calling  for  urgent further support for suffering hospitality businesses following the announcement that Covid restrictions will remain for another four weeks.

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The Alcohol Licensing (Coronavirus) (Regulatory Easements) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 09/06/2021

These Regulations amend section 11 of the Business and Planning Act 2020 to extend the application of the modifications to the end of 30 September 2022 and also amends section 107 of the 2003 Act to increase, for the years 2022 and 2023, the number of TENs which may be given in relation to the same premises in the calendar year.

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The Business and Planning Act 2020 (Pavement Licences) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 09/06/2021

Prior to these Regulations, the date specified in each of those subsections is 30th September 2021. Regulation 4 extends the dates specified in sections 4(1)(b), (2)(b) and (4) by twelve months, to 30th September 2022.

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Nearly one in five pubs fear they will fold before early August Published Date: 09/06/2021

Data published by the Office for National Statistics indicate a fifth of pubs and bars fear they won’t survive until early August despite an upturn in optimism since restrictions on hospitality were eased.

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Updated Government Guidance Published Date: 09/06/2021

Updated Government guidance including guidance for people living in areas with variants of concern.

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Northern Ireland taxi firms unable to meet demand Published Date: 09/06/2021

Taxi firms have said a shortage of new drivers, combined with people leaving the industry, has left them unable to meet demand.

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Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill Published Date: 08/06/2021

Government launches second Animal Welfare Bill to protect pets, livestock and wild animals

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‘Lost summer’ for music festivals Published Date: 08/06/2021

A report into the future of UK music festivals by the DCMS Select Committee finds the sector faces another ‘lost summer' directly as a result of the Government's refusal to back insurance for events at risk of cancellation due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Major change to NI gambling laws Published Date: 08/06/2021

Gambling operators in Northern Ireland will face a statutory levy and mandatory code of practice under the first phase of reforms to gambling laws.

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Gambling Operating Licences Appeal dismissed Published Date: 08/06/2021

In a wide-ranging decision, the First Tier Tribunal has brought clarity to several aspects of regulatory practice associated with gambling operating licences. Philip Kolvin QC explains the case in Stakers Limited v The Gambling Commission .

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New National Pubwatch Film – Supporting Vulnerable People Published Date: 08/06/2021

National Pubwatch has announced the release of their latest free training film, which is related to supporting vulnerable people.

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Wales: First Minister confirms phased move to alert level Published Date: 04/06/2021

First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced that up to 30 people will be able to meet outdoors and large outdoor activities will be able to take place from Monday 7th June, as Wales moves into alert level one.

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Quarter of restaurants, pubs and bars remain closed Published Date: 03/06/2021

Almost a quarter of restaurants, pubs and bars have yet to reopen during the pandemic with 8,500 closing their doors for good, a report has found.

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Oxfordshire planning outdoor smoking ban Published Date: 02/06/2021

Oxfordshire County Council has proposed limitations to smoking in outdoor areas, including the creation of outdoor ‘smoke free’ zones in pub and restaurant gardens.

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County Lines drug gang jailed Published Date: 01/06/2021

County Lines drug gang jailed for 40 years after their taxi driver’s camera records all their conversations.

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Guidance for local authorities on remote meetings following High Court judgment Published Date: 01/06/2021

LLG, ADSO and Bevan Brittan issue guidance for local authorities on remote meetings following High Court judgment.

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Lockdown easing paused in Scotland Published Date: 01/06/2021

The easing of lockdown restrictions has been paused for millions of people in Scotland - but rules are to be relaxed in Glasgow from Saturday.

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House of Lords COVID-19 Committee launches inquiry on the impact of the pandemic on towns and cities. Published Date: 27/05/2021

The Committee was appointed in June 2020 to consider the long-term implications of the pandemic on the economic and societal wellbeing of the UK.  The inquiry into the impact of the pandemic on towns and cities opened on 24 May, and the Committee will hear oral evidence in June and July.  The closing date for written submissions is 30 June.

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CIEH - 2020/21 Noise Survey Published Date: 26/05/2021

CIEH have launched their 2020/21 Noise Survey which aims to ensure that the health impacts of noise are considered in national policy decisions.  The survey is live now and will close on Tuesday 31 August 2021.

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Scotland impose movement restrictions on certain English areas Published Date: 25/05/2021

The Scottish Government has imposed travel and entry restrictions on a number of local authority areas in England.

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Government guidance impose local restrictions Published Date: 25/05/2021

New guidance issued by the Government has imposed additional local restrictions of a number of English regions.

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Six pubs close per week during coronavirus pandemic Published Date: 25/05/2021

According to the real estate adviser’s research, 384 pubs – on average six per week – have ‘vanished’ during the Covid-19 pandemic so far, having either been demolished or converted for different use, according to new figures from Altus Group.

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PM said England on track to lift all Covid restrictions by June 21 Published Date: 25/05/2021

Boris Johnson has said there is now a “very good chance” of ending coronavirus restrictions completely on June 21 in his most optimistic assessment yet.

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Uber seek High Court endorsement of its approach Published Date: 24/05/2021

ULL has issued proceedings in the High Court seeking a declaration as to whether the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998 (the 1998 Act) requires an operator accepting a booking from a passenger to enter into a contract with that passenger to provide the journey.

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Two people charged for private hire vehicle fraud by Council thanks to public reports Published Date: 21/05/2021

Cotswold District Council has successfully prosecuted two individuals for operating a vehicle without a private hire licence and not fulfilling private hire operator requirements thanks to reports from a member of the public.

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LINK 10 - now available online Published Date: 21/05/2021

An important message from our Chairman within the foreword, where he reiterates the need to work together and the simple fact that ‘The gains made from true partnership could be the difference between success and failure for your high streets and public spaces.’

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Gambling Commission publish updated GLA Published Date: 20/05/2021

The Gambling Commission has published a revised version of the Guidance to licensing authorities including track changes.

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Big events without masks are no riskier than shopping Published Date: 20/05/2021

Events without masks and social distancing are as safe as going to a shopping centre or eating in a restaurant, early reports appear to suggest. Matches at Wembley, a nightclub in Liverpool and the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield were among the test events.

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A tenth of Britain's restaurants lost during pandemic Published Date: 17/05/2021

Across Britain, there are 9.7% fewer restaurants to choose from, compared with before the pandemic.

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Tax Conditionality update from HMRC Published Date: 17/05/2021

This is the first in a series of regular updates by HMRC to help licensing bodies prepare for tax conditionality, a new policy that will introduce a tax check into the licencing process for some licence applications in England and Wales from April 2022.

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Local lockdowns not ruled out - Published Date: 17/05/2021

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has not ruled out imposing local lockdown restrictions in places worst affected by the Indian variant of coronavirus.

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Scotland impose higher local restrictions for certain areas Published Date: 17/05/2021

Most of mainland Scotland has moved to Level 2 but Moray and Glasgow City local council areas will stay at Level 3 for a further period due to the number of COVID-19 cases.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps and Other Provisions) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 16/05/2021

They amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 (“Steps Regulations”), to move all places in England (including the territorial sea and airspace above England) from the Step 2 area to the Step 3 area, so that the restrictions set out in Schedule 3 to the Steps Regulations apply throughout England with effect from 17th May 2021.

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Street traders lose legal challenge over “innovative product” street trading policy Published Date: 16/05/2021

A High Court judge has dismissed a legal challenge brought by street traders over Birmingham council's implementation of a regulatory framework that requires stall owners to sell products not readily available on the high street.

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Wales will move into alert level 2 on 17 May Published Date: 14/05/2021

Wales will move into alert level 2 on Monday, the First Minister confirmed as coronavirus levels remain low and vaccination rates remain the best in the UK.

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"Significant" easing of restrictions across most of Scotland Published Date: 14/05/2021

People will be able to hug and meet in private homes as most of mainland Scotland moves to Level 2, with eased restrictions on hospitality, entertainment, education and sport.

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Government postpone face-to-face right to work checks Published Date: 13/05/2021

The temporary COVID-19 adjusted right to work checks will now end on 20 June 2021, and from 21 June 2021 checks will revert to face to face and physical document checks as set out in legislation and guidance.

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Company given substantial fine for unlawful mobile home Published Date: 13/05/2021

Following a successful prosecution by Vale of White Horse District Council, Wyldecrest Parks (Management) Limited, based in Harrow, Middlesex, have been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay more than £11,000 costs after being found guilty of breaching two planning enforcement notices.

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Government launch action plan for animal welfare Published Date: 12/05/2021

The Government's action plan for animal welfare sets out its plans, aims and ambitions across animal welfare.

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Councillors call for online meetings to continue post-pandemic Published Date: 12/05/2021

National Association of Local Councils, said the decision by government had left local authorities in an "impossible situation", having to "navigate through changing guidance and rules" to make meetings safe, while continuing with business.

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IoL join CIEH to demand regulation for cosmetic treatments Published Date: 11/05/2021

The Institute of Licensing (IoL) and Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) have joined forces with public health organisations to send a joint letter to Nadine Dorries MP, the Minister responsible for cosmetic treatments regulation.

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Rescued cats and dogs will not return to irresponsible owners Published Date: 10/05/2021

Hillingdon Council has permanently protected the welfare of 23 dogs and 23 cats that were rescued from an unlicensed animal business in West Drayton which has also recently been prosecuted.

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PM confirms reopening of indoor hospitality from 17 May Published Date: 10/05/2021

The Prime Minister has today (10 May) confirmed that the next phase in England's roadmap out of lockdown will be implemented as planned on 17 May including the reopening of indoor hospitality.

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Scottish Government faces legal action over Covid restrictions Published Date: 09/05/2021

The Night Time industries Association (NTIA) has announced plans to take legal action against the Scottish Government over coronavirus restrictions.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Functions of Local Authorities etc.) (Wales) Regulations 2020, as amended Published Date: 06/05/2021

The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Functions of Local Authorities etc.) (Wales) Regulations 2020, as amended have been published with amendments which came into force on 3 May shown as tracked changes.

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A letter from our Chairman Published Date: 05/05/2021

IoL Chairman Daniel Davies has written to members as regulators and businesses across the UK prepare for the next stages of the long-awaited emergence from lockdown.

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Indoor hospitality legal challenge fails Published Date: 04/05/2021

A legal challenge seeking an earlier reopening date for indoor hospitality has failed in the High Court.

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Pleasant Lands – a Report Promising a Solution to ‘Draconian, Pointless’ Hemp Legislation Published Date: 03/05/2021

A new report, Pleasant Lands, coordinated by third sector drug policy reform organisation Volteface has today been released, promising a solution to ‘draconian, pointless’ hemp legislation.

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Remote meetings High Court judgment - letter to council leaders Published Date: 03/05/2021

Letter from the Minister for Local Government to councils in England on the High Court’s judgment regarding remote meetings.

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Three seriously injured in Edinburgh rickshaw crash Published Date: 03/05/2021

BBC reported that a man has been charged after three people were seriously injured in a rickshaw taxi crash.

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Cost of implementing new DfT statutory guidance Published Date: 03/05/2021

The Government has revealed the cost to the licensed trade of implementing the new statutory guidance.

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Court to hear JR over grant of operator’s licence for FREENOW ride-hailing app Published Date: 03/05/2021

A High Court judge has given the United Trade Action Group (UTAG), a body representing the interests of the hackney carriage trade, permission to judicially review the decision of TfL to grant a Private Hire Operator’s Licence to a business whose private hire drivers work off a smartphone ride-hailing app called FREENOW.

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Euro Guide 2021 published Published Date: 30/04/2021

A guide has been provided for licensees planning to show Euro 2020 games in their pubs this summer. This guide has been produced by the BBPA in partnership with UKHospitality, the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), the Local Government Association and the National Police Chiefs’ Council with the aim to encourage police, licensing authorities and the licensed trade to work together to ensure a safe andsuccessful tournament. It is also supported by the Institute of Licensing (IoL), National PubWatch, and the National Association of Licensing Enforcement Officers (NALEO).

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DfT sets date for taxi guidance implementation Published Date: 29/04/2021

The Department for Transport has written to licensing authorities setting a definitive deadline for implementation of the statutory guidance.

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Minister letter following remote hearing judgment Published Date: 29/04/2021

Minister of State for Regional Growth and Local Government Luke Hall MP, has written to local authorities following the the judgment from High Court that the Local Government Act 1972 does not allow local authorities to hold meetings virtually.

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Can remote licensing hearings continue? Published Date: 29/04/2021

Philip Kolvin QC asks whether the High Court's decision that remote local authority meetings cannot continue without new legislation applies to licensing committee hearings.

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Lockdown fines should be reviewed, say MPs Published Date: 28/04/2021

All fixed penalty notices for coronavirus lockdown breaches should be reviewed, according to the Joint Committee on Human Rights.

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We’re on track to lift all Covid restrictions by June 21 - PM Published Date: 28/04/2021

The Prime Minister said there is now a “very good chance” of ending coronavirus restrictions completely on June 21.

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UK arts figures call for Covid certificates to revive industry Published Date: 28/04/2021

Arts world luminaries including actors, directors and festival organisers have written to the government calling for the introduction of Covid-status certificates.

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High Court dismisses virtual meeting application Published Date: 28/04/2021

The application to the High Court made by ADSO, LLG and Hertfordshire County Council in relation to virtual meeting provision for local authorities has today been dismissed.

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BRIT Awards to go ahead with live audience Published Date: 23/04/2021

The 2021 BRIT Awards ceremony will go ahead with a live audience as the latest addition to the government’s Events Research Programme

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Coronavirus updated guidance for local government Published Date: 23/04/2021

Updated guidance for local councils during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Government announce end of remote right to work checks Published Date: 23/04/2021

The Government has announced an end to temporary adjustments that allowed for remote identity checks that was introduced because of coronavirus.

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DfT offer facemasks to Local Transport Authorities and transport operators Published Date: 23/04/2021

The Department for Transport has written to local authorities offering facemasks to Local Transport Authorities and transport operators.

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Wales prepares for indoor hospitality reopening from 17 May Published Date: 23/04/2021

First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed in his written statement that Wales is on track for indoor hospitality reopening from Monday 17 May in line with England.

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Outdoor hospitality given go-ahead to reopen and rules on mixing outdoors relaxed in Wales Published Date: 20/04/2021

Six people will be able to meet outdoors in Wales from Saturday 24 April while outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26 April as cases of new COVID-19 infections continue to fall, First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed today.

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Scotland: Moving to Level 3 Published Date: 20/04/2021

From Monday 26 April, hospitality venues such as cafés, pubs and restaurants can reopen, along with tourist accommodation. Non-essential retail outlets and close contact services such as beauty salons can also reopen, in addition to indoor attractions and public buildings such as galleries, museums and libraries.

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Robert Jenrick MP letter to councils to reopening outdoor hospitality safely Published Date: 18/04/2021

Robert Jenrick MP has written to local authorities saying cutting red tape is a lifeline for businesses as they look to bounce back from a uniquely challenging year.

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COVID-19 enforcement powers for local authorities guidance updated Published Date: 18/04/2021

COVID-19 enforcement powers for local authorities to enforce COVID-secure regulations has been updated.

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Festival Republic joins Government pilot programme with a live gig to trial the safe return of fans Published Date: 18/04/2021

On Sunday 2 May, Festival Republic will host an outdoor gig at Sefton Park, Liverpool, as the latest event to join the government’s Events Research Programme to get large audiences back to live events safely this summer.

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Pubs and cafes to open outdoors from 30 April in NI Published Date: 16/04/2021

Northern Ireland Executive has agreed a package of relaxations to the current Coronavirus Health Regulations.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 20) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 16/04/2021

These regulations implement "accelerated easing of restrictions" in Scotland from Friday 16 April 2021.

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£50,000 in financial penalties for unlicensed dog and cat breeders Published Date: 16/04/2021

Following a prosecution of unlicensed dog and cat breeders brought by the London Borough of Hillingdon, on 6 April 2021, at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court, District Judge Deborah Wright sentenced a husband and wife team to almost £50,000 in financial penalties for breeding and selling dogs and cats without the necessary licence required under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and regulations.

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