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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 External 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 authorites.

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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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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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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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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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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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Events Research Programme Guidance published Published Date: 16/04/2021

The government have published 'Guidance about the Events Research Programme (ERP), paving the way for larger audiences to attend sport, theatre and gigs safely this summer', providing information for attendees and those hosting the ERP Pilot Events.

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Five casinos fined for social responsibility failings Published Date: 15/04/2021

The Gambling Commission has fined five casinos after uncovering social responsibility and anti-money laundering failings at each venue.

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Closing certain businesses and venues in England guidance updated Published Date: 15/04/2021

This guidance sets out restrictions on certain businesses and venues in England during coronavirus restrictions.

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Reopening businesses and venues in England guidance updated Published Date: 15/04/2021

This guidance details the steps to reopen certain businesses and venues in England.

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Common standards for taxi and private hire licensing around Gloucestershire Published Date: 15/04/2021

A joint consultation between licensing authorities across Gloucestershire has been launched to decide on common licensing standards for taxi and private hire services.

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Accelerated easing of restrictions in Scotland Published Date: 13/04/2021

From Friday 16 April, travel within Scotland for outdoor socialising, recreation and exercise will be allowed, and six people from six households can meet outdoors

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps and Local Authority Enforcement Powers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 11/04/2021

These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 (“Steps Regulations”), to move England from the Step 1 area to the Step 2 area, so that the restrictions set out in Schedule 2 to the Steps Regulations apply in England with effect from 12th April 2021.

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MHCLG to support virtual meetings legal action Published Date: 11/04/2021

Local Government Secretary, Robert Jenrick, has said he will support the High Court claim being brought over the ability of councils in England to hold remote meetings.

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TfL given permission for appeal in Streetspace ruling Published Date: 11/04/2021

Transport for London has been granted permission to appeal against a High Court ruling that its traffic reduction policies were unlawful.

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Wiltshire pub's new chalet 'breaks Covid rules' Published Date: 11/04/2021

A pub landlord says he has spent £50,000 on a chalet for outside dining but was told a week before opening it contravenes Covid-19 rules.

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COVID-19 restriction relaxations in Wales brought forward Published Date: 09/04/2021

People will be able to form an extended household, visit the gym or take part in organised outdoor activities a week earlier than planned, as the public health situation - and vaccination rates - continue to improve.

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High Court Hears Challenge to Birmingham Street Trading Policy Published Date: 09/04/2021

Over the course of the last two days (7-8 April 2021), the High Court has heard argument in a case that involves a challenge to the newly adopted Birmingham Street Trading Policy.

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Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services guidance updated Published Date: 09/04/2021

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for people who work in or run restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways was updated on 8 April 2021.

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Organised events guidance for local authorities guidance Published Date: 06/04/2021

New Government guidance aimed at local authorities in England and is designed to assist local authorities in ensuring that events are able to go ahead safely and in accordance with what is permitted at each step of the Roadmap.

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Welsh Government issues taxi and private hire vehicle guidance ahead of development of new legislation Published Date: 06/04/2021

The guidance says the Welsh Government are developing new legislation and will be engaging with key stakeholders over the next 12 months to ensure this meets the needs of the sector. However it said this new legislation would take some time to develop properly.

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Status certification "likely to bring significant implications" for licensing - LGA Published Date: 06/04/2021

The Local Government Association said COVID-19 status certification is likely to bring significant implications for councils, particularly with regards to licensing.

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Government announces pilot events to pave way for larger audiences at sport, theatre and gigs this summer Published Date: 05/04/2021

The EFL Cup Final and an FA Cup Semi-Final are set to be among a range of pilot events hosting audiences as part of the government’s plan to get big crowds back this summer.

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PM confirm further easing of Covid restrictions confirmed for 12 April Published Date: 05/04/2021

The Prime Minister confirmed the roadmap is on track and planned easements on 12 April can go ahead including outdoor pubs, shops, gyms and hairdressers.

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Covid passport trials to begin this month Published Date: 05/04/2021

The government is to trial a series of measures in England, including Covid passports, to allow the safe return of sports matches, events and nightclubs.

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Age verification technology to be trialled in shops, bars and restaurants Published Date: 05/04/2021

Both on and off licenced retailers, bars and restaurants have been invited to put forward proposals to trial new technology when carrying out age verification checks.

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Moving Wales into Alert Level 3: First Minister sets out plans to further relax COVID restrictions Published Date: 01/04/2021

The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, has set out a series of measures that will take Wales fully into Alert Level 3 by 17th May, subject to public health conditions remaining favourable.

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Pubs and restaurants in Wales reopen outdoors from 26 April Published Date: 01/04/2021

Welsh First Minister, Mark Drakeford has set out a series of measures that will take Wales fully into Alert Level 3 by 17th May, subject to public health conditions remaining favourable.

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Institute of Licensing response to Gambling the call for evidence Published Date: 01/04/2021

The Institute of Licensing is publising its response to the call for evidence by the DCMS re the Review of the Gambling Act 2005.

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Fresh wave of grant funding launched Published Date: 01/04/2021

New Restart Grants scheme launched by the Government providing funding of up to £18,000 to eligible businesses. In a joint letter from Small Business Minister Paul Scully and Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston, the Government thanked councils for supporting businesses but highlights urgency of ongoing support calling on all 314 local authorities across England to deliver new COVID grants to businesses in good time and take a flexible approach to updated restrictions.

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'Sobriety ankle tags' rolled out across England Published Date: 31/03/2021

"Sobriety tags" scheme, to fit electronic tags on offenders to see if they are breaching court-ordered drinking bans, is being rolled out across England.

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Updates to Government Guidance Published Date: 30/03/2021

The Government has updated guidance to reflect the progress of England’s roadmap out of lockdown.

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Kit Malthouse MP response to National Licensing Forum Members Published Date: 27/03/2021

The letter from the Minister addresses the use of minor variations to remove or amend premises licence conditions, and also considers the use of 'shadow licences'.

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New guidance on safe use of council offices Published Date: 26/03/2021

Updated guidance has been published following confirmation that emergency legislation regarding virtual council meetings will not be extended.

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Wales starts relaxations for tourism sector Published Date: 26/03/2021

Wales’ tourism sector will be able to start re-opening from Saturday March 27 as the stay-local rule is lifted, First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.

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Pubs could require vaccine passports Published Date: 25/03/2021

The Prime Minister told MPs people visiting pubs could be asked to provide a vaccine certificate but it "may be up to individual publicans".

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Inevitable’ third COVID-19 wave will not change plan Published Date: 25/03/2021

Boris Johnson and Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Chris Whitty have both warned that Britain will suffer another surge of COVID-19 as restrictions are eased but said it will not change the plan out of lockdown.

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Closing certain businesses and venues in England – guidance updated Published Date: 25/03/2021

The Government’s “Closing certain businesses and venues in England” that sets out restrictions on certain businesses and venues in England during National Lockdown has been updated.

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Hidden economy conditionality - Northern Ireland and Scotland Published Date: 24/03/2021

HMRC are consulting on proposals 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 from April 2023.

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Welsh Government: Taxi and private hire vehicles: licensing guidance Published Date: 24/03/2021

Welsh Government has published ‘Taxi and private hire vehicles: licensing guidance’ aimed at licensing authorities, which includes short term recommendations intended to help manage the sector while new licensing legislation is developed.

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The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021 Published Date: 23/03/2021

This Bill was debated at second reading on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 March 2021 and has now been sent to a Public Bill Committee which will scrutinise the Bill line by line and is expected to report to the House by Thursday 24 June 2021.

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Ministry of Justice to consult on judicial review reforms Published Date: 22/03/2021

The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation on giving the courts the power to suspend quashing orders, removing so-called ‘Cart judgments’, and introducing a series of changes to civil procedure rules, following recommendations by the Independent Review of Administrative Law.

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ADSO and LLG issue claim in High Court in bid to extend local authority remote meetings Published Date: 22/03/2021

Further to our previous reports on the issue, it has now been confirmed that the ADSO (the Association of Democratic Services Officers) and LLG (Lawyers in Local Government), along with Hertfordshire County Council, have now issued a claim in High Court to allow for the continuation of local authority remote meetings beyond the 6th May 2021.

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Roadmap legal action over different reopening times Published Date: 22/03/2021

The founder of Punch Taverns and the Greater Manchester Night-Time Economy Adviser commence legal action over different reopening times for non-essential retail and indoor hospitality.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 22/03/2021

The Statutory Regulations underpinning England’s roadmap out of the current lockdown has been published in the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021, coming in force on the 29th March 2021.

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COVID Guidance updates Published Date: 22/03/2021

The Guidance documents ‘Closing certain businesses and venues in England’ and ‘Reopening businesses and venues in England’ have been updated.

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New raft of measures to prepare high streets and seaside resorts for summer Published Date: 22/03/2021

Pubs and restaurants will be able to use their land flexibly, including erecting marquees in pub gardens throughout the summer, as part of the measures announced by Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick on 20 March 2021.

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Shortage of bouncers could stop clubs reopening Published Date: 21/03/2021

The UK Door Security Association (UKDSA) said a shortage of door staff will cause delays to clubs opening later this year.

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Magistrate throws out teenager's £10,000 Covid fine for holding a rule-breaking party Published Date: 21/03/2021

Isaac Parsons, 19, was accused of holding a get-together at his Wiltshire home last year, which police said had between 80 and 100 people in attendance.

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Exploitation and Abuse linked to Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles Published Date: 21/03/2021

The Children's Society are working with the Home Office and the Department for Transport to identify exploitation and abuse concerns linked to Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles.

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Wisbech mayor removed as DPS from licence Published Date: 21/03/2021

Wisbech mayor has been removed as DPS and the premises licence suspended for three months for not adhereing to social distancing rules.

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Call for trials of age-verification technology in alcohol sales Published Date: 21/03/2021

The Home Office and the Office for Product Safety and Standards have issued a call for proposals from technology providers to run trials of innovative age-assurance solutions regarding the retail sale of alcohol.

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​ Government announces allocation of £100 million to support recovery of leisure centres Published Date: 20/03/2021

£100 million has now been allocated to 266 local authorities across England, to support the recovery of publicly-owned leisure centres and gyms

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Restart Grants: Guidance to local authorities published Published Date: 19/03/2021

Guidance has been published by BEIS to support local authorities in administering the Restart Gran announced as part of the Budget on 3 March 2021.

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Home Office Regulatory Sandbox Published Date: 17/03/2021

The Home Office and Office for Product Safety and Standards have issued a call for proposals from technology providers to run trials of age assurance solutions for the retail sale of alcohol.  In order to provide additional guidance and support with preparing the proposed trials, the OPSS Expert Panel on Age Restrictions has established some free webinars to support the success of the Sandbox.

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New safety measures after Sarah Everard death Published Date: 16/03/2021

The Government are taking "immediate steps" aimed at improving safety for women and girls in England and Wales including plans for undercover police to be sent to clubs, bars and popular nightspots to relay intelligence about predatory or suspicious offenders to uniformed officers.

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Updated Covid secure guidance for visitor economy Published Date: 16/03/2021

Updated Government guidance has been published for the visitor economy (15 March 2021).

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Scotland: Timetable for further lockdown easing Published Date: 16/03/2021

Stay Local rule to apply from 2 April, with hairdressers, garden centres and non-essential clickand collect services allowed to open from 5 April.

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Northern Ireland Executive agrees early relaxations to Covid-19 regulations Published Date: 16/03/2021

While the majority of the current restrictions will remain in place until after Easter, the Executive agreed to gradual changes which will come into effect before the next formal review date on or before April 15.

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Wales takes first steps out of lockdown Published Date: 15/03/2021

The stay-at-home restrictions will be replaced by a new interim stay local rule in Wales from tomorrow (Saturday 13 March) as part of a package of measures, beginning the process of unlocking the strict coronavirus regulations, First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.

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Hospitality bosses threaten government with court Published Date: 15/03/2021

BBC reports that two of the biggest names in hospitality have threatened to take the government to court over its plans to release England from lockdown.

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Reclaim These Streets - implications of the judgement handed down yesterday by Mr Justice Holgate Published Date: 15/03/2021

Reclaim These Streets have published their lawyers' advice on the implications of the judgement handed down yesterday by Mr Justice Holgate.

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Bristol’s Names Night-Time Economy Advisor Published Date: 15/03/2021

Carly Heath has been named as Bristol’s new Night-Time Economy Advisor, to lead the city’s entertainment and hospitality sector’s recovery from the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Update on Cumulative Impact Policies Published Date: 15/03/2021

Oxford City Council has made the decision to remove its existing policy whilst Cambridge City Council has made changes to its Cumulative Impact Policy which extend impact areas across the city.

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Taxi, PHV and scrap metal tax checks from 2022 Published Date: 11/03/2021

This week the Government has announced mandatory taxi check for certain licence types from April 2022.

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Wisbech police lay out claims against mayor Published Date: 10/03/2021

Police accuse Wisbech mayor and pub landlord of 'insulting disregard' to licensing objectives.

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Three unlicensed traders prosecuted in Milton Keynes under the Licensing Act 2003 Published Date: 10/03/2021

Three unlicensed traders in Milton Keynes have been ordered to pay almost £5,000 in fines following a successful investigation by Licensing Officers at MK Council.

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Updated gov.uk Covid guidance Published Date: 10/03/2021

An overview of the latest guidance and updates on gov.uk.

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Covid: Police issue 26 fines at illegal poker tournament Published Date: 10/03/2021

The BBC have reported that twenty-six people at an illegal poker party have each been fined £800 for breaching Covid restrictions.

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Scotland: changes to Level 4 restrictions Published Date: 09/03/2021

More people will be able to socialise outdoors following good progress in suppressing Coronavirus (COVID-19), the First Minister has announced.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place and Restrictions: All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 08/03/2021

These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/791) to make provision in relation to the wearing of face coverings in polling stations. These Regulations also amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/1374) to permit outdoor recreation, gatherings related to electoral activities, to introduce a requirement to declare the reason for leaving or being outside the place where a person is living, when that person is travelling outside the United Kingdom, and to make other minor amendments.

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Supporting the reopening of outdoor hospitality - The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP Published Date: 08/03/2021

Robert Jenrick MP has written to all council leaders telling them "to do everything possible to help these businesses reopen safely and prosper again."

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Free rapid tests for all businesses for regular workplace testing Published Date: 06/03/2021

All businesses in England are now able to sign up to the government’s free COVID-19 workplace testing programme.

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Illegal breeders banned from keeping dogs following successful Council prosecution Published Date: 05/03/2021

Three individuals have been banned from keeping dogs and received suspended custodial sentences after a successful prosecution brought by Forest of Dean District Council.

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BACTA Starts Legal Challenge of Government Regarding AGC Reopening Published Date: 05/03/2021

BACTA has instructed global legal firm DWF Law to challenge the thinking behind the delayed reopening of AGCs after all other non-essential retail businesses.

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NI lockdown exit plan Published Date: 03/03/2021

Northern Ireland’s Executive has set out the country’s plan for easing the coronavirus lockdown.

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Cancellation of 20/21 alcohol and late night refreshment licensing collection Published Date: 03/03/2021

The Home Office has confirmed that the next licensing statistical collection has been cancelled.

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Additional funding for hospitality, leisure and tourism businesses in Wales Published Date: 03/03/2021

The Welsh Government has announced a further £30 million for hospitality, leisure and tourism businesses affected by ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

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Chancellor Budget 2021: Overview of Licensing and Hospitality Sector Announcements Published Date: 03/03/2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled the contents of his Budget in the House of Commons. Setting out the government's tax and spending plans for the year ahead, he announced new measures to help business and jobs through the pandemic and to support the UK's long-term economic recovery and a series of tax-raising plans to help rebalance the public finances.

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Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): safety screens for taxis and PHVs Published Date: 03/03/2021

In response to the continued Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Department for Transport has developed ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): safety screens for taxis and PHVs Guidance’ for the safe and appropriate fitting of separating screens between the front and rear of a taxi or private hire vehicle.

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Smoke-free laws in Wales - Changes from 1 March 2021 Published Date: 03/03/2021

On 1 March, the law around where people can smoke in Wales changed. Hospital grounds, school grounds, public playgrounds, and outdoor care settings for children are now be required to be smoke-free. It is an offence to smoke in a smoke-free area and anyone caught breaking the law could face a £100 fine.

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National security legislation becomes law Published Date: 03/03/2021

The Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) Act received Royal Assent on Monday 1st March 2021.

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Institute appoints John Garforth as Vice Chair Published Date: 02/03/2021

The Institute of Licensing is pleased to announce the appointment of John Garforth, JP as vice-chair.

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Government sets out new plans to help build trust in use of digital identities Published Date: 01/03/2021

The government has published its draft rules of the road for governing the future use of digital identities.

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Government sets out plans to protect public places from terrorist attacks Published Date: 26/02/2021

The government is consulting on proposals for a new Protect Duty; a legal requirement for public places to ensure preparedness for and protection from terrorist attacks.

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High Court grants permission to challenge Birmingham street trading policy Published Date: 24/02/2021

The High Court has granted permission for an application for a judicial review brought by two street traders against Birmingham City Council’s new street trading policy.

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Scotland unveils 'cautious' route out of lockdown Published Date: 24/02/2021

The reopening of Scotland's economy, including shops, bars, restaurants, gyms and hairdressers, is planned to start from 26 April according to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

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Administrative Court overturn conviction for refusing to provide name and address in relation to suspected breach of Coronavirus Regulations Published Date: 24/02/2021

The Administrative Court sitting at Cardiff today issued an important judgment on the right to silence, the legal duties of citizens and the scope of the Coronavirus Regulations.

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Al fresco dining set to return across Westminster to help struggling businesses Published Date: 24/02/2021

Westminster City Council’s al fresco scheme will be returning when restaurants, pubs and bars are expected to re-open to outdoor diners on 12 April and will remain throughout the summer months.

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Local taxi driver loses licence after inappropriate contact with woman Published Date: 24/02/2021

A Keynsham taxi driver who made inappropriate contact with women and used “abhorrent” racist language has lost his livelihood after 30 years in the profession.

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Guidance: Reopening businesses and venues in England Published Date: 24/02/2021

This guidance, published 24 February 2021, details the steps to reopen certain businesses and venues in England.

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Government's roadmap out of lockdown in England Published Date: 22/02/2021

The Prime Minister has announced the road map out of England's current lock down. The new four-step plan to ease lock down could see all legal limits on social contact lifted by 21 June.

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ENTE APPG Report on Covid 19 Impact on UK Nightlife Published Date: 19/02/2021

The inquiry by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Night Time Economy has published its report to be presented to the Government.

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NI lockdown extended until 1 April Published Date: 19/02/2021

Lockdown restrictions in Northern Ireland will be extended until 1 April.

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Uber BV and others (Appellants) v Aslam and others Published Date: 19/02/2021

The Supreme Court unanimously dismisses Uber’s appeal concerning the employment status of private hire vehicle drivers who provide their services through the Uber smartphone application.

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Wales: lockdown to continue for further three weeks as pupils return to school Published Date: 19/02/2021

Stay-at-home restrictions will continue in Wales as the youngest pupils begin returning to school from Monday 22 February, First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed

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Alcohol sales and consumption in Scotland during the early stages of the COVID-19 - study Published Date: 17/02/2021

A study to provide a better understanding of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and associated physical distancing measures, on alcohol consumption in Scotland during the first few months of the pandemic.

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Rapid tests could help reopen nightclubs, PM suggests Published Date: 16/02/2021

BBC reports that “Boris Johnson has suggested” quick coronavirus testing could enable nightclubs and theatres to reopen.

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Government looking to change law to make hybrid council meetings permanent Published Date: 16/02/2021

We recently reported that “DSO and LLG to seek court declaration on ability to hold remote meetings” but it has now been reported that the Government is looking to change law to make hybrid council meetings permanent.

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Ministers reject demands to end lockdown by May Published Date: 16/02/2021

Downing Street is reportedly resisting pressure from Conservative MPs to set out a swift timetable to end the lockdown in England.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (England) (Amendment) (No. 7) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 15/02/2021

Hotel quarantine regulations coming into force 4am on Monday 15 February 2021.

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Delivering Local Authority Regulatory Services over Winter 2021 – MHCLG Published Date: 12/02/2021

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has written to council chief executives to “coordinate central government’s asks of local authority regulatory services.”

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Taxi licence applicant fined after failing to disclose previous driving convictions Published Date: 11/02/2021

A man from Oxford has been ordered to pay more than £1,800 after being found guilty of failing to disclose a series of previous driving convictions when applying for a taxi driver’s licence.

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Almost a third of prosecutions under Coronavirus legislation dropped Published Date: 11/02/2021

The Independent reports almost a third of prosecutions under Coronavirus legislation have been brought incorrectly, leading to hundreds of cases being dropped, analysis by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) found.

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Pub owner loses licence after multiple breaches of coronavirus rules Published Date: 11/02/2021

A pub that opened when it was supposed to be shut, broke social distancing and other rules has had its premises licence revoked.

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DSO and LLG to seek court declaration on ability to hold remote meetings Published Date: 09/02/2021

We previously reported on a story that local councillors could be disenfranchised unless the Government extends legislation to allow the provision of remote meetings beyond May.In a development, it has now been reported that lawyers and democratic services officers are to seek court declaration on ability to hold remote meetings after 6 May 2021 after obtaining counsel advice.

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Casa Cruz - Summary Decision published Published Date: 09/02/2021

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea have published it's summary decision in relation to Casa Cruz - the restaurant which hosted which hosted a birthday party for Rita Ora during the second national lockdown.

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Preston Gym closed following coronavirus breaches Published Date: 08/02/2021

Sarah Clover explains the background and result on this case, where she represented Preston City Council against the gym owner who claimed that as a “Free man of England” he was only bound by Common Law, and that the Coronavirus Regulations were not the law.     The gym had opened persistently in contravention of Coronavirus Regulations and the lockdown restrictions.

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Suitable qualified officers - Updated Defra Procedural Guidance Published Date: 08/02/2021

Defra have published an update to section 16 of the Local Authority Procedural Guidance in relation to Suitably qualified Inspectors.

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‘Lucy’s Law’ to become law in Scotland Published Date: 07/02/2021

Changes to the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Act will introduce ‘Lucy’s Law in Scotland to end the third party selling of dogs and cats under the age of six months.

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LINK Edition 9 published Published Date: 05/02/2021

Edition 9 of the IoL's LINK magazine has been published and is available online.

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SIA licences – changes to training requirements Published Date: 05/02/2021

The SIA have announced changes to the training requirements for front line SIA licences. These new requirements will start in April and October 2021.

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Liverpool Council to remove its Cumulative Impact Policy Areas Published Date: 05/02/2021

Liverpool City Council has made the decision to remove their existing Cumulative Impact Policy as part of their recent Licensing Policy Review.

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Licence suspension for London venue paid to break lockdown Published Date: 05/02/2021

London venue paid to break lockdown rules for celebrity birthday party has licence suspended for 6 weeks.

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Peabody Trust -v- Offomah Published Date: 02/02/2021

This case is thought to be the first prison term for Covid breaches - albeit through the civil not criminal courts. This case concerns sentencing in County Court for breach of a civil injunction imposed on a residential tenant for repeated breaches of Covid rules on illegal gathering rules in his home.

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Proposals for changes to Gambling Commission fees Published Date: 02/02/2021

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched a consultation on the funding of the Gambling Commission. The consultation, which is based on recommendations from the Gambling Commission to Government, seeks views on proposals for changes to Gambling Commission fees. It proposes an uplift to enable the Commission to continue to recover its costs and respond to new challenges.

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Popular TOWIE hangout in east London stripped of its licence for flouting licensing conditions Published Date: 02/02/2021

The owner of a restaurant, popular with celebrity TV stars and Premier League footballers, has been stripped of its licence by Redbridge Council for not complying with licensing conditions.

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England might not return to regional restrictions Published Date: 02/02/2021

The Prime Minister has indicated that England might not revert back to regional tiers after the current national lockdown is over.

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Alcohol deaths hit record high during Covid Published Date: 02/02/2021

Deaths caused by alcohol hit a new high during the first nine months of 2020 according to the ONS data.

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Covid-19: Fines increase during third national lockdown Published Date: 29/01/2021

The total number of fines issued for breaking coronavirus rules has risen by a third in the latest figures.

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Guide to the availability of live links in magistrates’ Published Date: 29/01/2021

Guidance issued by the Chief Magistrate on use of remote hearings in Magistrates’ Court. First part deals with criminal cases, second part deals with civil matters such as licensing appeals.

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London venue paid to break lockdown rules for celebrity birthday party Published Date: 29/01/2021

London venue Casa Cruz, in Notting Hil, was paid £5,000 to breach lockdown opening restrictions to host a party for Rita Ora.

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Premises Licence revoked following COVID breach Published Date: 28/01/2021

Southampton City Council have revoked a premises licence following breaches to the COVID-19 restrictions on premises opening.  The premises were found to have customers drinking at the bar on 27 November in breach of the then Tier 2 restrictions which applied in Southampton.

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£800 house party fines to be introduced in England Published Date: 22/01/2021

Fines of £800 for anyone attending a house party of more than 15 people will be introduced in England from next week Home Secretary Priti Patel said.

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‘Councillors could be disenfranchised without remote meetings’ – LGC Published Date: 22/01/2021

The Local Government Chronical (LGC) reports that unless the Government extends legislation to allow the provision of remote meetings beyond May, local councillors could be disenfranchised.

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Nearly 6,000 licensed premises lost in Britain’s year of lockdowns Published Date: 22/01/2021

Britain lost around 6,000 licensed premises last year, the latest Market Recovery Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners reveals—nearly triple the number in 2019.

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Prime Minister urged to engage with the hospitality sector following petition seeking Minister for Hospitality Published Date: 22/01/2021

Chair of the Petitions Committee, Catherine McKinnell MP, has written to the Prime Minister urging him to engage with the hospitality sector after raising the issue at the latest session of the Liaison Committee.

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UPDATE: Cabinet Office on Gov.uk forms Published Date: 21/01/2021

The Cabinet Office has provided an important update on the future of GOV.UK Licensing.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 20/01/2021

These Regulations make minor amendments to, and correct errors in, the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020.

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More councils removing Cumulative Impact Zones in Covid response Published Date: 20/01/2021

Poppleston Allen reported that Trafford and Hereford Councils have removed their Cumulative Impact Policy Zones (CIZ) in response to the effect Covid has had on the licensed trade.

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English pubs ‘still waiting for grants’ Published Date: 20/01/2021

The British Beer and Pub Association said nearly three-quarters of pubs eligible for a £1,000 grant to help them survive through Christmas have yet to receive the money from their local council.

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High Court Quashes the Mayor of London's Streetspace Plan and TfL’s Bishopsgate Traffic Management Order Published Date: 20/01/2021

The High Court has today handed down two judgments in R (UTAG & LTDA) v Transport for London & Mayor of London [2021] EWHC 72 (Admin) and R (UTAG & LTDA) v Transport for London & Mayor of London [2021] EWHC 73 (Admin), allowing the two conjoined claims for judicial review brought by two trade bodies representing the 'Black Cab' industry (the United Trade Action Group and the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association) to challenge the Mayor of London's Streetspace Plan and Guidance, and a Traffic Management Order prohibiting the use of motorised vehicles, including Hackney Carriages, on Bishopsgate in the City of London.

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Lockdown Regulations were not ultra vires - Court of Appeal Published Date: 20/01/2021

The Court of Appeal has handed down its judgement in the appeal by Dolan and others v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

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The Office: District Judge rules on Covid-19 Summary Review Published Date: 20/01/2021

The article authored by Gary Grant, Barrister at Francis Taylor Building

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Supermarkets face coronavirus inspections by local authorities Published Date: 19/01/2021

It has been reported that all supermarkets will face inspections in the next two weeks to make sure they are Covid-secure. Ministers have reportedly told councils to check supermarkets have effective safety measures in place.

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Support for Scotland’s taxi and private hire drivers Published Date: 18/01/2021

A new fund to support taxi and private hire drivers affected by the pandemic will launch this week in Scotland.

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Supreme Court backs policyholders in lockdown insurance dispute Published Date: 15/01/2021

The Supreme Court has today (15 January) ruled that the ‘vast majority’ of business interruption insurance policyholders will have cover for losses incurred due to national Covid-19 measures.

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APPG request for local authority evidence re COVID impact on nightlife Published Date: 15/01/2021

Jeff Smith MP,  Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Night Time Economy has written to local authorities requesting written evidence submissions to assist the APPG’s inquiry.

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Scotland: Coronavirus tourism and hospitality sector guidance Published Date: 15/01/2021

The Scottish Government has published updated Coronavirus guidance to reflect the recent changes to lockdown measures in the country.

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Northern Ireland Executive support further financial assistance scheme for taxi drivers Published Date: 14/01/2021

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has today received support from the Northern Ireland Executive for her plans to provide a further financial assistance scheme for taxi drivers.

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Strengthening lockdown restrictions in Scotland Published Date: 14/01/2021

Scotland has introduced further measures to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and limit non-essential contact to be introduced this weekend.

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Night Time Economy APPG issue Call for Evidence on the impact of Covid-19 Published Date: 11/01/2021

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Night-Time Economy, formed in December, has, launched an inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 on British nightlife and is calling on the industry to submit evidence.

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Review of the Gambling Act 2005 - IoL member survey Published Date: 08/01/2021

The Culture Secretary has launched a wide ranging review of the current gambling legislation to consider online stake and spend limits, advertising and marketing rules and the powers of the Gambling Commission. The IoL is surveying members to inform its response to the Call for Evidence.

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Met announces stricter Covid enforcement approach Published Date: 06/01/2021

Although officers will still apply the 4 E’s approach of engaging, explaining, and encouraging – only then enforcing, the Met has issued refreshed instructions to officers to issue fines more quickly to anyone committing obvious, wilful and serious breaches.

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NPCC / College of Policing Brief on the national lockdown regulations and enforcement Published Date: 06/01/2021

The brief covers the latest lockdown (stay at home) amendments. It indicates a firmer approach stating that while officers should continue to engage members of the public and explain changes while offering encouragement to comply if necessary, enforcement can follow without repeated attempts to encourage compliance if the individual or group do not respond appropriately.

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Lockdown III: The Impact on Businesses Published Date: 06/01/2021

Gary Grant analyses the new regulations behind the government's latest national lockdown.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 3) and (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 06/01/2021

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 3) and (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 were made at 4.30 p.m. on 5th January 2021, laid before Parliament at 5.30 p.m. and came into force today (6th January 2021). The amendments bring all areas of England into Tier 4 and make amendments to the Tier 4 restrictions to achieve a national lockdown.

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Message from the Lord Chief Justice: latest COVID-19 restrictions Published Date: 05/01/2021

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon has published a message confirming the importance of a continuation of the courts and tribunals despite the latest lockdown restrictions. The message emphasises that ' Facilitating remote attendance of all or some of those involved in hearings is the default position in all jurisdictions, whether backed by regulations or not.'

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Northern Ireland Executive: Statement on additional restrictions Published Date: 05/01/2021

The Northern Ireland Executive has agreed a package of additional restrictions given the high levels of Covid-19 transmission in the community.

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£4.6 billion in new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs Published Date: 05/01/2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a one-off grant worth up to £9,000 for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

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Scotland enter full lockdown from tomorrow Published Date: 04/01/2021

Mainland Scotland is to go into lockdown from midnight tonight (4 January 2021) with a new legal requirement forbidding anyone from leaving their home except for essential purposes.

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Economic Affairs Committee report on Finance Bill Published Date: 04/01/2021

The Economic Affairs Committee has published its report on Finance Bill including its findings on proposals for tax checks for licence renewal applications.

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England move to Tier 5 national lockdown Published Date: 04/01/2021

From 00:01 on Wednesday, England will move to the highest tier restrictions, tier 5. In lieu of the Regulations expected tomorrow, we look at the guidance published in advance of the national lockdown coming into force. The official guidance published sets out the implications for the hospitality sector and other businesses.

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Prime Minister announces national lockdown Published Date: 04/01/2021

The Prime Minister has announced a national lockdown and instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.

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Review of Local Restriction Tiers by Area Published Date: 30/12/2020

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP, has announced further changes to local Covid restrictions in England.

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£830 million funding boost for high streets Published Date: 26/12/2020

Funding from the Future High Streets Fund to help 72 areas in England to recover from the pandemic and deliver ambitious regeneration plans.

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New Local Authority Covid Enforcement Powers by Gary Grant Published Date: 23/12/2020

A suite of new additional local authority COVID related enforcement powers came into force on 2 December 2020 on the making of the snappily titled The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Local Authority Enforcement Powers and Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020.

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Early review of Tiers in England Published Date: 23/12/2020

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced new tiers for England, coming into force of Boxing Day. The next formal announcement was not due until later in the month.

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House of Commons Briefing paper - Betting shops: licensing and planning issues Published Date: 21/12/2020

This Library paper looks at licensing and planning issues relating to betting shops in Great Britain, setting out discussions about the restrictions on local authorities ability to refuse applications and the planning controls through ‘use classes’ which were amended in April 2015, placing betting shops in the “sui generis” category, so any change of use to a betting shop requires an application to the local planning authority for planning permission.

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Scotland - £104 million tourism and hospitality lifeline Published Date: 21/12/2020

Tourism and hospitality businesses across Scotland are to benefit from a £104.3 million package of support in the New Year.

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Northern Ireland Executive statement on Christmas arrangements Published Date: 21/12/2020

Northern Ireland has followed England, Scotland and Wales in reviewing and restricting the previously relaxed restrictions over the Christmas period.

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NEXSTART Q&As - the All Tiers Regulations (England) and guidance (17 December) Published Date: 21/12/2020

The All Tiers Regulations (England) and guidance provide the new rules in place from 2 December. This note addresses 2 key concerns that have been identified.

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LGA responds to Tier 4 announcement Published Date: 21/12/2020

The LGA calls for  the Government to meet, in full, all the extra costs councils incur as a result of leading communities through the pandemic and income losses they suffer as a result.

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Two hundred independent cinemas supported through the Culture Recovery Fund this Christmas Published Date: 20/12/2020

Support for independent cinemas this Christmas reaches £16 million, as Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announces grant awards for 201 cinemas across England from Penrith to Penzance

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THE TIER 4 REGULATIONS: IMPACT ON BUSINESSES Published Date: 20/12/2020

Gary Grant, Barrister, Francis Taylor Building and Vice Chairman of the Institute of Licensing has authored this article following the annoucements by the Prime Minister this weekend and the subsequent publication of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers and Obligations of Undertakings) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (“the Tier 4 Regulations”) this morning.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers and Obligations of Undertakings) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 20/12/2020

Following the announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday 19th December, The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers and Obligations of Undertakings) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 have now been published, bringing in the new Tier 4 restrictions.  The Regulations came into force at 7:00am this morning (20th December).

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 20/12/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 come into force on 21 December 2020 (other than Part 6 which comes into force on 23 December 2020) and expire at the end of the day on 31 March 2021.

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Prime Minister announces Tier 4: 'Stay At Home' Alert Level in response to new COVID variant Published Date: 19/12/2020

The Prime Minister has announced tougher restrictions for parts of England with a new Tier 4: ‘Stay at Home’ alert level.

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Scotland: New guidance issued for the festive period Published Date: 19/12/2020

Restrictions in Scotland have been tightened due to spread of new variant of COVID-19.

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Cabinet Office on Gov.uk forms Published Date: 17/12/2020

The Cabinet Office has responded to a request for an official update on plans to retire the gov.uk licensing forms.

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Conditionality & tax registration checks – update Published Date: 17/12/2020

HRMC are now in the development phase of the online tax registration check and they are seeking information from licensing authorities to help with the development of the tool.

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England - COVID-19 Tier changes from 19 December announced Published Date: 17/12/2020

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced further tier changes in England s to come into effect at 00:01 on Saturday 19 December 2020. The Regulations are due to the laid on Friday 18 December 2020.

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COVID-19 Christmas Guidance updated Published Date: 17/12/2020

The government COVID-19 guidance on the relaxed restrictions for Christmas has been revised to reflect the message that while the relaxed restrictions set the limit on what can be done, everyone should carefully consider their own arrangements with a view to staying as safe as possible.

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Chancellor extends furlough and loan schemes Published Date: 17/12/2020

The furlough scheme has been extended until the end of April 2021 with the government continuing to contribute 80% towards wages – giving businesses and employees across the UK certainty into the New Year, the Chancellor announced today.

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Taxi and private hire vehicle statistics, England: 2020 Published Date: 17/12/2020

The Department for Transport have published the official statistics on taxi and private hire vehicles (PHV) in England. The statistics include information on taxis and private hire vehicles in England as at 31 March 2020, so do not show the impact of COVID-19 on the industry.

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Higher-level restrictions to come into force in Wales  to control coronavirus Published Date: 16/12/2020

First Minister Mark Drakeford  has confirmed that higher-level restrictions will come into force to control rapidly accelerating coronavirus rates across Wales.

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Monkeys could be banned as pets – Government Published Date: 15/12/2020

According to the BBC, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is also looking at restrictions on breeding primates. Under the plans, those who keep them without a zoo licence would need to obtain a new specialist private primate keeper licence to ensure they are meeting zoo-level welfare standards.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 15/12/2020

On 2 December a revised tiering system was introduced by the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 (“the All Tiers Regulations”). The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 have now been published, amending the areas in Tiers 2 and 3.

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Changes to Coronavirus levels in Scotland from 18th December Published Date: 15/12/2020

Three Scottish local authorities are to move up to Level 3 of the COVID-19 protection scale following rises in the prevalence of the virus in the past week.  East Lothian, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire will all move this Friday 18 December at 6pm following significant increases in their infection rates. There will be a further review of the protection levels next week (Tuesday, 22 December) in order to allow for any action to be taken in light of further changes in infection data.

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Coronavirus Control Plan - Alert Levels in Wales Published Date: 14/12/2020

The Wales Government has published an update to its Coronavirus Control Plan, which builds on the traffic-light framework of restrictions originally put in place in May.

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Summary reviews following COVID breaches - interim steps appeals dismissed Published Date: 10/12/2020

Birmingham Magistrates’ Court has today, 10 December 2020, dismissed appeals against interim steps taken by Birmingham City Council on summary reviews of two premises licences that arose out of trading in breach of restrictions imposed on the hospitality sector as part of the response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Government Response to the House of Lords Gambling Industry Committee Report: Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry Published Date: 09/12/2020

The Government response to the House of Lords Gambling Industry Committee was presented to Parliament by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Sport, Heritage and Tourism by Command of Her Majesty Laid in Parliament on 8 December 2020.

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Review of the Gambling Act 2005 Published Date: 09/12/2020

The Culture Secretary has launched a wide ranging review of the current gambling legislation to consider online stake and spend limits, advertising and marketing rules and the powers of the Gambling Commission.

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NEXSTART Q&As on Coronavirus Tiers Regulations and Compliance Published Date: 09/12/2020

The next NEXSTART advice note and Q&As dealing with current issues such as all things food and treatment of outside enclosures.

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Guidance: Additional COVID-19 local authority enforcement powers Published Date: 06/12/2020

Summary guidance setting out additional powers for local authorities to enforce COVID-secure regulations has been published (4 December).

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Challenge to coronavirus self-isolation restrictions dismissed Published Date: 04/12/2020

In this case, the claimant contends that the Secretary of State had no power to impose the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No 1045) (“the Regulations”) which required any person notified of a positive test for coronavirus and close contacts of such persons to “self-isolate”.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) Regulations 2020: Enforcement advice for local authorities Published Date: 04/12/2020

LGA advice note provides guidance on the All Tiers Regulations 2020 and in particular the Tier 2 ‘High Alert’ restrictions.

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Hospitality’s confidence shattered after year of COVID-19 Published Date: 04/12/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has wrecked confidence across hospitality, with fewer than one in five (18%) leaders now optimistic about the market’s prospects for the next 12 months, the new Business Confidence Survey from CGA and Fourth reveals.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions and Functions of Local Authorities) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 03/12/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions and Functions of Local Authorities) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2020 have been published, requiring bars, cafes, canteens, restaurants and pubs to be closed between 6.00 p.m. and 6.00 a.m. (with exceptions), prevent alcohol consumption in those premises, and requiring indoor premises of entertainment venues and visitor attractions to close. The Regulations will be laid before Senedd Cymru today (3 December 2020), and will come into force at 6.00 p.m. on 4 December 2020

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 02/12/2020

These Regulations make provision for a local authority to give directions relating to premises, events and public outdoor places in its area. A direction may only be given if the local authority considers that the public health, necessity and proportionality conditions set out in regulation 2 are met.

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New amendments to Obligation of Undertakings Regulations - Consolidated Published Date: 02/12/2020

Consolidated version of the amendments to the Obligation of Undertakings Regulations.

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R v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Secretary of State for Education ex parte Dolan and Others. [2020] EWCA Civ 1605 Published Date: 01/12/2020

Mr Dolan sought judicial review of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations (SI 2020/350) which gave effect to the “lockdown” in March 2020. Today (01.12.20), the Court of Appeal handed down its judgement dismissing Mr Dolan’s appeal and refusing permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. The Court of Appeal held that the Secretary of State did have the power (or “vires”) to make the Regulations, and that his other arguments (including under the ECHR) were academic and were in any event unarguable.

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Government guidance for the Christmas Period Published Date: 30/11/2020

The gov.uk website states that from 2 December, everybody must follow this guidance for the tier in your area.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Local Authority Enforcement Powers and Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 30/11/2020

These Regulations enable local authority designated officers to issue notices to people who are contravening or have contravened various statutory provisions in place to minimise exposure to Coronavirus.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 30/11/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 has been published. These regulations are due to be voted on by Parliament tomorrow and, if passed, will come into force on 2 December 2020.

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£340m support for Welsh businesses as new coronavirus rules announced Published Date: 30/11/2020

A set of new targeted restrictions in the hospitality and leisure sectors, together with a £340m support package, has been announced by First Minister Mark Drakeford.

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Guidance on the new tiers has now been published Published Date: 30/11/2020

The guidance published today (30 November) sets out what you can and cannot do in each tier.

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DfT Update: Tiering and Christmas Travel Announcement Published Date: 29/11/2020

An announcement from the DfT’s External Affairs team.

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Government publication: Transmission risk in the hospitality sector Published Date: 27/11/2020

Published on gov.uk, this is a brief overview of the types of evidence said to support the view that hospitality venues are a significant risk for transmission.

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At least 50k English sites to be shut or unviable next week Published Date: 27/11/2020

Findings published by CGA and AlixPartners indicate that more than 50,000 of England’s licensed premises will be unable to trade under the government’s tough new tiered restrictions next week.

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New Parliamentary report highlights devastating impact of pandemic on UK’s coastal regions Published Date: 27/11/2020

A new report from the Hospitality and Tourism APPG has highlighted the acute impact of the COVID-19 crisis on businesses in the UK’s coastal and lakeside communities.

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Government announce England’s new Covid Tiers Published Date: 26/11/2020

The Government has published the new Covid Tiers for England to come into effect at 00:01 on 2 December 2020.

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UK-wide Christmas arrangements agreed by the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations Published Date: 24/11/2020

The UK Government and the Devolved Administrations have agreed on joint arrangements for an easing of social restrictions that will allow family and friends to reunite over the Christmas period. A joint statement has been published following the announcements.

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COVID-19 Winter Plan Published Date: 23/11/2020

The Government has published its COVID-19 Winter Plan including details of England’s lockdown exit strategy and details of the revised tiers for England from 3 December.

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Covid-19: Strengthened tier system for England and special Christmas measures expected Published Date: 21/11/2020

Boris Johnson is expected to announce a strengthened the three-tiered system from 2 December, while special Christmas restrictions are likely to be harmonised across the UK.

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Draft Finance Bill 2020-21 – IoL Response Published Date: 20/11/2020

The Institute of Licensing has submitted its written response to the Draft Finance Bill 2020-21 inquiry.

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New enforcement powers for local authorities from 2 December Published Date: 20/11/2020

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick has written to local authorities confirming new enforcement powers for officers from 2 December.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions)(England) (No. 4) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 20/11/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions)(England) (No. 4) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 have been published and come into force on 21 November 2020, allowing shops, stalls, Christmas tree farms and other businesses selling or supplying natural Christmas trees to open.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for taxis and PHVs Published Date: 19/11/2020

The government has issued comprehensive guidance for taxi and PHV sector on actions that drivers, operators and owners of taxis or private hire vehicles (PHVs) can take to protect against coronavirus.

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New DBS filtering rules from 28th November Published Date: 19/11/2020

From 28 November 2020, the filtering rules for Standard and Enhanced DBS checks are changing. These changes are the result of a Supreme Court Judgment which identified that some elements of the existing filtering rules were disproportionate. Legislation has been changed, and from 28 November, DBS certificates will disclose criminal records according to this new legislation.

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Northern Ireland Executive agrees two-week circuit breaker Published Date: 19/11/2020

The Executive has agreed to introduce a two week circuit breaker from November 27 until December 11 to slow the spread of Coronavirus in the community and protect the health service. Businesses are able to open on 20th November, but have been told that although they can still do so, they will have to close again next Friday.

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Alcohol sale ban considered in new tier system Published Date: 18/11/2020

It has been reported that the Government is considering a ban on the sale of alcohol at night as part of a revamped tier system after the current lockdown in England.

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£10k fines for gatherings temporary halted by police Published Date: 18/11/2020

Police forces were told to stop issuing £10k fines for gatherings but updated advice from the NPCC has now seen fines reintroduced.

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Level 4 lockdown to be imposed in 11 Scottish council areas Published Date: 18/11/2020

From 6pm on 20 November, in 11 Scottish council areas will move to Level 4 for 3 weeks it has been announced.

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Businesses in England to receive £2.2 billion to see them through national restrictions Published Date: 13/11/2020

Businesses will benefit from 2 grant schemes: one for businesses that have had to close, and another scheme for further business support as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Northern Ireland reopening - Statement on Executive decisions Published Date: 12/11/2020

Northern Ireland Executive agree gradual relaxation, starting on 20 November with unlicensed premises (cafes and coffee shops) allowed restricted opening times while pubs and bars will be able to make off-sales in sealed containers.

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Local Restrictions Support Grant - Guidance for nightclubs, dance halls or adult entertainment businesses on eligibility Published Date: 12/11/2020

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LSRG (Sector)) supports businesses that have been closed due to the national restrictions.  This guidance, published on 12 November is aimed at nightclubs, dance halls and adult entertainment businesses.

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Boost for restaurants, pubs and cafes as Jenrick extends takeaway services Published Date: 11/11/2020

Restaurants, pubs and cafes will get automatic freedoms to provide takeaway services for another year.

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Rishi Sunak to extend furlough scheme to end of March Published Date: 09/11/2020

The furlough scheme will be extended across the UK until the end of March, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed.

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End of Welsh “firebreak” from today & next steps Published Date: 09/11/2020

As Wales comes out of its two week “firebreak”, Matthew Phipps, Head of Licensing England and Wales, at TLT LLP, looks at the guidance issued that seeks to offer advice on how licensed premises and hospitality more generally, may successfully and compliantly welcome customers back into your premises.

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Pubs and restaurants to be granted ‘automatic’ permission for takeaway food and alcohol until 2022 Published Date: 09/11/2020

The Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick is reportedly drawing up plans to extend the automatic entitlement for takeaways and off sales for alcohol until March 2022.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 04/11/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 have been published and will come into force on 5th November 2020.

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THE LOCKDOWN 2 REGULATIONS Published Date: 04/11/2020

Following publication of the new national lockdown regulations for England, Gary Grant and Charles Holland provide this authored article setting out explaining the new rules.

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LGA calls for a clear lockdown exit strategy Published Date: 04/11/2020

The LGA says lessons must be learnt from the past seven months, particularly around the importance of tapping into and using local expertise. It is calling on the Government to work jointly with councils to co-develop a clear strategy for after the national restrictions are set to end on December 2, with clear criteria about which restrictions or Tier Alert Levels will apply.

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DfT urge licensing authorities to adopt NR3 Published Date: 03/11/2020

The DfT has written to licensing authorities urging them to sign up to the national taxi refusals register NR3 saying “Authorities that are not sharing relevant and necessary information risk facilitating the few dishonest individuals in the sector that fail to disclose any previous licensing history they might have.”

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Further DfT guidance and advice on taxi & PHV face covering requirements Published Date: 03/11/2020

The DfT has issued further advice and guidance in light of the fact that compliance is not as high in taxis and PHVs as it is across the rest of the network.

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New national Covid measures for Wales: post-firebreak measures have been published Published Date: 02/11/2020

A new and simpler set of national rules will apply once the Wales-wide firebreak lockdown comes to an end at 00:01 on Monday November 9.

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Industry reactions to Lockdown 2.0 'nightmare before Christmas' Published Date: 31/10/2020

England's month-long lockdown has been described as a "nightmare before Christmas", with pubs and suppliers to the sector in need of support in addition to furlough.

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COVID-19 – 2nd National lockdown for England Published Date: 31/10/2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that from Thursday 5 November 2020, everyone in England must stay at home, with a limited set of exemptions. The lockdown means pubs, bars, restaurants must close, except for takeaway and delivery services., but the buidance is clear that alcohol is excluded from takeaway services.

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G-A-Y curfew legal challenge refused Published Date: 30/10/2020

The High Court has refused permission for G-A-Y’s judicial review proceedings, challenging the Government’s 10pm curfew.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19Alert Level) (Medium, High and Very High)(England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 30/10/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19Alert Level) (Medium, High and Very High)(England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 which cover the latest restrictions in Nottinghamshire have been published and come into force today.

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West Yorkshire moves to ‘very high’ alert level Published Date: 30/10/2020

Calderdale, City of Bradford, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield will move from local COVID alert level high to very high from 00.01 on Monday 2 November.

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Carlisle to move to local COVID alert level ‘high’ Published Date: 30/10/2020

Carlisle will move from local COVID alert level medium to local COVID alert level high from 00.01 Saturday 31 October.

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Nottinghamshire to move to ‘very high’ local COVID alert level Published Date: 29/10/2020

The whole of Nottinghamshire will move from local COVID alert level 'high' to 'very high' from 00.01 on Friday 30 October.

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Areas to move Local COVID alert level 'high' Published Date: 29/10/2020

Areas within Yorkshire and the Humber, the West Midlands, East Midlands, East (Home counties) and South East will move from local COVID alert level 'medium' to local COVID alert level 'high' from 00.01 Saturday 31 October.

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Scottish Government support for nightclubs and soft play Published Date: 28/10/2020

The Scottish Government has announced one-off grants of up to £50,000 available to businesses in both sectors through the COVID-19 Contingency Fund.

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Greater Manchester threaten legal action over restrictions Published Date: 28/10/2020

Local Government Lawyer reports the Night-Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester, Sacha Lord, has threatened a judicial review challenge into the legality of implementing emergency restrictions on the area's hospitality sector, "without scientific evidence".

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Working safely during coronavirus – Updated guidance Published Date: 28/10/2020

The Covid secure guidance for businesses has been updated on 23 October for hotels and other guest accommodation.

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“Gambling addict” children treated at first NHS clinic for children Published Date: 28/10/2020

It has been reported that gamers as young as 16 are being treated for online betting addiction at the first NHS child gambling clinic after losing up to £100,000.

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A 5-tier lockdown system for Scotland Published Date: 27/10/2020

The new model is due to be confirmed today and is expected to come into force from 2 November, when temporary curbs on the hospitality trade are due to expire.

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Non conviction refusal – driver’s appeal dismissed Published Date: 27/10/2020

The Crown Court at St Albans has dismissed the second appeal brought by a private hire driver following allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards girls.

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Hockley venue’s licence suspended for breaching Covid rules Published Date: 27/10/2020

A Birmingham bar and restaurant has had its licence suspended following a number of Covid-19 legislation breaches at the venue.

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City nightclub licence suspended for breaching Covid rules Published Date: 27/10/2020

A Birmingham nightclub has had its licence suspended following a number of Covid-19 legislation breaches at the venue.

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Taxi driver fined for driving illegally in North West Leicestershire Published Date: 27/10/2020

An unlicensed private hire driver has been prosecuted by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) for driving illegally for Ashby-de-la-Zouch taxi firm, A1 Taxis.

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Warrington moves to ‘very high’ COVID alert level Published Date: 26/10/2020

Warrington will move from local COVID alert level 'high' to 'very high' from 00.01 on Tuesday 27 October. This means all pubs and bars must close, unless they are serving substantial meals, any alcohol must only be served alongside such a meal. In addition, closures will include betting shops, adult gaming centres, casinos and soft play centres and areas.

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Greater Manchester move to very high alert level Published Date: 23/10/2020

Greater Manchester will move from local COVID alert level high to very high from 00.01 on Friday 23 October. The The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Medium, High and Very High) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 Regulations have been published and will take effect across all parts of Greater Manchester.

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Glasgow restaurant wins court fight to stay open Published Date: 22/10/2020

A Glasgow restaurateur has said she is “delighted” after being told she can continue to operate after convincing a court that her business has been operating as a cafe since full lockdown ended. Stephen J. McGowan, Partner and Head of Licencing for Scotland for TLT LLP & IoL Scotland Regional Chair acted for Ms Eusebi.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Additional Temporary Measures) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 22/10/2020

These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Additional Temporary Measures) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (“the principal regulations”). Regulation 2 amends the principal regulations to provide that they no longer expire at 6 a.m. on 26 October 2020 and instead expire at 6 a.m. on 2 November 2020.

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Lancashire move to very high alert level Published Date: 22/10/2020

Lancashire has moved from local COVID alert level high to very high on Saturday 17 October.

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Coventry, Slough and Stoke-on-Trent to move to local COVID alert level - high Published Date: 22/10/2020

Coventry, Slough and Stoke-on-Trent will move to local COVID alert level high from Saturday 24 October.  In the meantime, other areas look set to move to 'very high', including Nottingham City and parts of Nottinghamshire, West Yorkshire, North East areas and Tees Valley, as discussions continue.

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Industry action against hospitality restrictions in Scotland Published Date: 22/10/2020

Five of Scotland’s Hospitality Industry bodies have taken the unprecedented step of commencing the legal process against restrictions imposed on the licensed trade by the Scottish Government.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Medium, High and Very High) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 22/10/2020

These Regulations subject a number of areas to the restrictions set out in the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Very High) (England) Regulations 2020 and make corresponding amendments to remove those areas from the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (High) (England) Regulations 2020.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 3) (Wales) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 21/10/2020

Following the announcments of a 'fire-break' for Wales, The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 3) (Wales) Regulations 2020 have now been published.

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Greater Manchester consult on proposed Greater Manchester Minimum Licensing Standards (MLS) for taxis and private hire vehicles Published Date: 21/10/2020

Greater Manchester has launched two major public consultations to get a wide range of views on the city-region’s plans to reduce harmful air pollution on local roads and to introduce minimum standards for all taxis and private hire services licensed in the region.

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Local COVID alert level update for South Yorkshire Published Date: 21/10/2020

South Yorkshire will move from local COVID alert level high to very high from 00.01 on Saturday 24 October.

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Local COVID alert level update for Greater Manchester Published Date: 20/10/2020

Greater Manchester will move from local COVID alert level high to very high from 00.01 on Friday 23 October.

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Coronavirus ‘firebreak’ to be introduced in Wales Published Date: 19/10/2020

A short, sharp “firebreak” will be introduced across Wales at the end of this week to help regain control of coronavirus, First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.

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The 3-Tier Covid Regulations: Impact on Licensed Premises Published Date: 19/10/2020

Gary Grant and Charles Holland summarise the new system brought in through the 3-Tier Covid Regulations and focus on its impact on licensed premises.

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Licence extensions for home dog boarders – LA's discretion Published Date: 19/10/2020

DEFRA has confirmed that the decision to extend home boarder licences is a local decision of licensing authorities.

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Met sets out policing approach ahead of new Covid-19 restrictions Published Date: 17/10/2020

As cases of Coronavirus continue to increase across the capital, the Met will be stepping up its response to target those who continue to flout the regulations, which are designed to keep Londoners safe.

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Third Party Sales of Puppies and Kittens in Wales Published Date: 17/10/2020

Lesley Griffiths, Welsh Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs has issued a written statement on third party sales of puppies and kittens in Wales. Mr Griffiths confirmed in the written statement that Wales will ban commercial third-party sales of puppies and kittens.

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NEXSTART Q&As on Coronavirus Regulations and Compliance Published Date: 17/10/2020

This document has been developed by one of the NEXSTART Working Groups setting out a set of Q&As, together with some further useful links to Guidance, Regulations and the UK Hospitality FAQs focussing on the Coronavirus Regulations and Compliance.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Very High) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 17/10/2020

These regulations amend The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Medium) (England) Regulations 2020 to move towards a model of implementing baseline measures for the Local Covid Alert Level Very High areas, but allow flexibility for Local Authorities to request additional business closures based on their understanding of the local area.

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Met sets out policing approach ahead of new Covid-19 restrictions Published Date: 15/10/2020

As cases of Coronavirus continue to increase across the capital, the Met will be stepping up its response to target those who continue to flout the regulations, which are designed to keep Londoners safe.

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Local COVID-19 alert level update: 15 October 2020 Published Date: 15/10/2020

London, Elmbridge, Essex, Barrow-in-Furness, York, North East Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield will move to up from to local COVID alert level: high from Saturday.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scotland's route map and regulatory review Published Date: 15/10/2020

The Scottish Government have published a reviews of various sets of restrictions that have been introduced at different stages.

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Wales to introduce travel restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus Published Date: 14/10/2020

The Welsh Government is preparing urgent action to prevent people who live in areas with high coronavirus infection rates across the UK from travelling to Wales, First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed, amid speculation that a ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown will also follow.

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COVID restrictions tighten in Northern Ireland Published Date: 14/10/2020

The Northern Ireland Executive has agreed a range of significant time-bound interventions to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland.

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Liverpool City Region to move into 'very high' local COVID Alert Level following rise in coronavirus infections Published Date: 12/10/2020

From 14 October, Liverpool City Region will be placed onto the ‘Very High’ Local Covid Alert Level.

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Prime Minister announces new local COVID Alert Levels Published Date: 12/10/2020

The Prime Minister has set out a new three tiered system of local COVID Alert Levels in England, intended to standardise and simplify local rules

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Very High) (England) Regulations 2020 & Accompanying Guidance Published Date: 12/10/2020

These Regulations impose restrictions on gatherings and businesses in the areas specified in Schedule 2, where the COVID-19 alert level is assessed as being very high, and on gatherings elsewhere by persons living in the specified areas.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (High) (England) Regulations 2020 & Accompanying Guidance Published Date: 12/10/2020

These Regulations impose restrictions on gatherings and businesses in the areas specified in Schedule 2, where the local COVID-19 alert level is assessed as being high, and on gatherings elsewhere by persons living in the specified areas.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Medium) (England) Regulations 2020 & Accompanying Guidance Published Date: 12/10/2020

These Regulations impose restrictions on gatherings and businesses in England, other than in the areas specified in Schedule 2, where the local COVID-19 alert level is assessed as being medium.

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Local Restrictions Guidance Published Date: 12/10/2020

New Government guidance for areas subject to local restrictions on what you can and cannot do if you live, work or travel in the affected areas.

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Private Hire driver convicted for failing to take a guide dog in Milton Keynes Published Date: 08/10/2020

A taxi driver who drove away from a pre-booked customer and their guide dog has been fined more than £1,100 under the Equality Act 2010 following an investigation by Milton Keynes Council.

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Pubs and restaurants in central Scotland to close Published Date: 07/10/2020

All pubs and restaurants across central Scotland are to be closed under new measures aimed at tackling a surge in coronavirus cases. The new rules will be in force from 18:00 on Friday until 25 October.

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TfL refuse Ola’s London operating licence Published Date: 06/10/2020

Transport for London has refused Ola’s operating licence after public safety concerns over ‘unlicensed’ drivers.

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Legal challenge to Government’s 10pm hospitality curfew Published Date: 06/10/2020

A judicial review of the Government’s Covid restrictions on the hospitality sector has been launched.

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Discount awarded to licensed premises Published Date: 06/10/2020

LICENSED premises that were forced to close due to Covid-19 restrictions are receiving a discount on their fees from Copeland Council.

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Gambling Commission new rules to stamp out irresponsible ‘VIP customer’ practices Published Date: 06/10/2020

The Gambling Commission has announced strict new guidance for operators in order to clean up the malpractice of so-called VIP schemes – stating that if the guidance is followed there should be no irresponsible incentivisation of high value customers in the future.

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Police and councils to get £60m to help enforce new coronavirus regulations Published Date: 06/10/2020

The Government has now published its COVID-19 local authority compliance and enforcement grant information and guidance on the £30 million grant to local authorities will get for compliance and enforcement activities.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (North of England and North East and North West of England etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 02/10/2020

These Regulations make various changes to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (North of England) Regulations 2020 dealing with coronavirus restrictions in the North, North East and North West of England.

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IoL Chairman on the impact of coronavirus Published Date: 02/10/2020

IoL Chairman talks to the BBC on the impact of the coronavirus on his business ventures and the wider hospitality sector.

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Local lockdown measures for Derry City and Strabane District as infection rates continue to rise Published Date: 01/10/2020

Local restrictions include a ban on indoor gatherings, and hospitality venues restricted to take-away, delivery and outdoor service.

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Further restrictions confirmed in parts of the North East and North West in response to rising infection rates Published Date: 01/10/2020

New measures will be brought into law in the Liverpool City Region, Halton, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough as incidence rates rise.  Meanwhile hospitality in Bolton can resume from midnight on Saturday 3rd October as the area as a result of falling infection rates.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (North of England, North East and North West of England and Obligations of Undertakings (England) etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 30/09/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (North of England, North East and North West of England and Obligations of Undertakings (England) etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 were published on the evening of 29th September and come into force at midnight on 30th September 2020.  The Regulations restrict gatherings in protected areas within North East to no more than two persons unless exceptions apply.  Additional areas have been added to the list of ‘protected areas’,

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Festival and outdoor events – LGA advice note Published Date: 30/09/2020

The LGA has produced an advice note that brings together all the guidance available to councils when considering requests to run larger outdoor events. The document sets out the current position for areas not impacted by specific local regulations, and is subject to change depending on the prevalence of the virus.

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 Mandatory decibel limits in hospitality venues Published Date: 29/09/2020

A regulatory amendment published on 28 September 2020, has imposed with immediate effect further obligations the hospitality sector as the government seeks by regulation to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Charles Holland and Peter Rogers have jointly provided this authored article setting out the legislative background to the requirements, reviewing its effectiveness and enforceability and drawing their joint conclusions.

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Uber successful in London Operating Appeal Published Date: 28/09/2020

Uber has successfully appealed against the decision of TfL to refuse its London operating licence.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Obligations of Undertakings) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 28/09/2020

These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Obligations of Hospitality Undertakings) (England) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/1008) (“the Undertakings Regulations”) the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/684) and the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Collection of Contact Details etc and Related Requirements) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/1005). The amendments include expanding the scope of the existing requirements in the Undertakings Regulations. Regulation 2(5) introduces new requirements to take measures to stop singing and dancing, subject to exemptions, and to not play music which exceeds 85db(A).

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New legal duty to self-isolate comes into force today Published Date: 28/09/2020

From today, people in England will be required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.  Support is available to those on low incomes who are unable to work while self-isolating, while the penalties for breaking the rules start at £1,000 increasing to £10,000 for repeat offences.

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Further restrictions for parts of the North East Published Date: 28/09/2020

Measures will be brought into law from Wednesday 30th September, restricting inter-household mixing in indoor settings, including pubs and restaurants, in Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Northumberland and Sunderland.

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Consolidated version of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Obligations of...Undertakings) (England) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 28/09/2020

Gary Grant, IoL Vice Chairman and Barrister at Francis Taylor Building has provided a consolidated version of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Obligations of...Undertakings) (England) Regulations 2020, including all amendments as of 28 September 2020.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Obligations of Undertakings) (England) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 28/09/2020

A consolidated version of the The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Obligations of Undertakings) (England) Regulations 2020 (with amendments as of 28 September 2020) is now online.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 27/09/2020

Amongst other things, Regulation 4 amends the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Collection of Contact Details etc and Related Requirements) Regulations 2020.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 2) (Wales) (Amendment) (No. 12) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 25/09/2020

These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 2) (Wales) Regulations 2020 (the “principal Regulations”).

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Consolidated version of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 25/09/2020

Consolidated version of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 prepared by IoL vice-chairman Gary Grant and Barrister at Francis Taylor Building.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2020 Published Date: 25/09/2020

These Regulations, coming into force on 25th September 2020, amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (“the principal regulations”).

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Restrictions for Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Leeds as coronavirus cases increase Published Date: 25/09/2020

New restrictions will be brought in for Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Leeds to help curb infection rates as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, while London is added as an area of concern and Teesside as an area of enhanced support.

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Latest Lockdown Regulations: The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 2020 have been published Published Date: 24/09/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 2020 have been published and parts will come into force at 5.00am today (24th September 2020). The Regulations make a number of changes to give effect to the restrictions announced by the Prime Minister on 22 September.

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The 24 September Coronavirus Restrictions Published Date: 24/09/2020

IoL Vice Chairman Gary Grant has provided a summary of the new coronavirus restrictions regulations, the The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 2020.

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NHS COVID-19 app launches across England and Wales Published Date: 24/09/2020

NHS COVID-19 app launches nationwide to help control COVID-19 transmission alongside national and local contact tracing, and businesses are now  required by law to display the NHS QR code posters to allow people to check in at different premises.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): What has changed (UK Wide) – 22 September Published Date: 23/09/2020

A UK-wide COBR meeting, chaired by the Prime Minister and attended by the First Ministers of Scotland and Northern Ireland and the deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, preceded announcements of a 10pm curfew and requirements for table service in hospitality across the UK.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place and on Public Transport) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 23/09/2020

These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/791) (“the Relevant Place Regulations”) to include theatres, restaurants, bars and public houses in the scope of the “relevant places” where members of the public are required to wear face coverings, except for in some limited cases such as when it is reasonably necessary for a person to remove their face covering to eat or drink.

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New lockdown measures for England as COVID-19 alert level rises again. Published Date: 22/09/2020

Measures including a 10pm curfew for pubs, bars and restaurants, increased mandatory requirements for face coverings (including now for taxi and private hire users), tightenting the 'Rule of 6' and increasing sanctions for breaches have been announced by Prime Minister, Boris Johnson addressing the House of Commons today (22 Sept). The measures are aimed at slowing the spread of the virus, and the PM warned that further measures will be considered if necessary.

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“Downing Street to spearhead gambling reforms” Published Date: 22/09/2020

It has been reported that Downing Street has taken control of the upcoming review of gambling legislation, due to be launched ‘within weeks’.

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Sefton MBC appeal to the Crown Court over Magistrates' decision to grant convicted abductor's taxi driver licence Published Date: 22/09/2020

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council has lodged an appeal with Liverpool Crown Court over whether a former policeman convicted 14 years ago of abducting a 15-year-old girl should be granted a taxi driver licence.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place and on Public Transport) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 22/09/2020

These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings on Public Transport) (England) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/592), so that taxis and private hire vehicles are included in the modes of public transport to which the requirement to wear a face covering applies.

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Updated COVID Working Safely Guidance (Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services) Published Date: 21/09/2020

Updates have been made to the COVID Working Safely Guidance - the changes relate to restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services – it includes added information on penalties for breaching the rules (section 1.1) and updated guidance on Test and Trace data and display of NHS QR codes (section 2.1).

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IoL Patron Philip Kolvin QC joins 11KBW Published Date: 21/09/2020

IoL Patron and licensing expert Philip Kolvin QC is joining 11KBW chambers.

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Restrictions for more areas in north west, West Yorkshire and midlands to tackle rising infection rates Published Date: 18/09/2020

Lancashire, Merseyside, Warrington and Halton escalated to areas of intervention, with new restrictions in Wolverhampton, Oadby and Wigston, and parts of Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Collection of Contact Details etc and Related Requirements) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 17/09/2020

This instrument introduces a statutory requirement requiring designated venues to collect certain contact details mainly from customer, visitors and staff (as set out in the regulations), store this information for 21 days, and share it with NHS Test and Trace or local public health officials, if requested.

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Rhondda Cynon Taf to go into lockdown Published Date: 17/09/2020

The new restrictions include all licensed pubs, bars and restaurants will have to shut by 23:00 every day, once the lockdown comes into effect.

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COVID Marshals 'unlikely' in England, councils say Published Date: 17/09/2020

The widespread introduction of COVID marshals to towns and cities in England to enforce social distancing rules is "unlikely" and "almost impossible", according to some councils, which have highlighted a lack of detail in last week’s Government’s announcement, including questions about funding, recruitment and enforcement powers.

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Peers call on Jenrick to explain opposition to smoke-free zones Published Date: 17/09/2020

A group of cross-party peers has asked the Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick to explain why he opposed smoking bans for pavement areas outside pubs and restaurants.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Obligations of Hospitality Undertakings) (England) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 17/09/2020

These Regulations require certain undertakings in the hospitality industry, to take measures to ensure that their customers follow the rules on social distancing. The Secretary of State must carry out a review of the need for the requirements in these Regulations within the period of six months of their coming into force.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (North East of England) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 17/09/2020

This instrument makes provision for the purpose of enabling a number of public health measures to be taken to reduce the public health risk posed by the coronavirus in Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham County including licensing restrictions.

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THE “RULE OF 6” CORONAVIRUS REGULATIONS Published Date: 15/09/2020

In this authored article, Gary Grant, Barrister at Francis Taylor Building and Vice Chairman of the Institute of Licensing looks in detail at the new 'Rule of 6'.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 14/09/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 has been published came into force at 12.01 a.m. on 14th September 2020. The instrument makes provision for the tightening restriations on gatherings which have been taken to reduce the public health risks posed by the spread of SARS-CoV-2 which causes Covid-19. IoL Vice Chairman Gary Grant has provided a version of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 including all amendments as of 14 September 2020.

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NexStart Rule of 6 Explanatory Note: Updated Published Date: 14/09/2020

This Note provided by Sarah Clover through the NexStart group is written in narrative form to give assistance as to what the latest regulations mean.

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Rule of six comes into effect to tackle coronavirus Published Date: 14/09/2020

New laws prohibiting social gatherings of more than six people come into effect in England today (Monday 14 September) as the Government calls on the public to remain vigilant in the fight against coronavirus.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 3: Scotland's route map update Published Date: 11/09/2020

Update to Scotland's route map setting out further Phase 3 changes, as Scotland transitions through and out of the COVID-19 crisis.

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‘Confusion’ over COVID-19 marshal plan Published Date: 11/09/2020

Councils and the police is reported to have criticised the Government’s announcement of new COVID-19 marshals.

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Closing certain businesses and venues in Leicester Published Date: 11/09/2020

The Government has updated its guidance document on COVID-19 providing the list of businesses and premises expected to close in Leicester.

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Local restrictions in Bolton Published Date: 11/09/2020

The Government has published, for the first time, guidance on the restrictions imposed in Bolton.

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Wales introduce further constraints on meeting socially and compulsory face coverings to help prevent new coronavirus crisis Published Date: 11/09/2020

Face coverings will become mandatory in indoor public places across Wales from Monday as rules are tightened to prevent a fresh coronavirus crisis.

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Updates to Guidance ‘Closing certain businesses and venues in England’  Published Date: 11/09/2020

Following the announcements on 14 September and the ‘Rule of six’ which comes into effect on Monday 14th September, the guidance ‘Closing certain businesses and venues in England’ has been updated.

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COVID -19 - Changes agreed to local restrictions across England as Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihul become 'areas of intervention' Published Date: 11/09/2020

Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull moved to 'areas of intervention', with residents told not to meet with people from outside their households to control the spread of the virus.     This article details the new restrictions alongside other changes to local restrictions.

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Northern Ireland announces Localised restrictions in response to Covid-19 increases Published Date: 11/09/2020

The Executive has decided to introduce a series of localised restrictions to stem the increase in Covid-19 cases and keep people safe.

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Venues required by law to record contact details Published Date: 10/09/2020

The government have confirmed the new mandatory requirements for premises and venues across England to have a system in place to record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff in the latest move to break the chains of transmission of coronavirus.

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DfT letter to licensing authorities Published Date: 10/09/2020

The DfT have written to licensing authorities across the country, acknowledging and thanking them for their hard work during the pandemic. In the letter, DfT Director Stephen Fidler recognises the challenges presented by the pandemic restrictions and applauds the many licensing authorities who have found ways to address challenges presented to normal licensing processes. He urges any licensing authority not currently accepting new licence applications to address the matter urgently to 'to support the restart of schools and support local economies and to limit any long-term impacts on the sector'.

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The 'Rule of Six' - England’s lockdown rules to tighten from 14 September 2020           Published Date: 09/09/2020

Gatherings of more than 6 people indoors or outdoors will be illegal from Monday, enforced by the Police with fines for breaches.

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Stronger measures brought in to tackle virus in Bolton Published Date: 08/09/2020

The Government has announced new measures for Bolton including  late-night restriction of operating hours for venues and restricting the hospitality sector to takeaway only.  In addition, a ban on mixing outside households in homes and public outdoor settings will be enforceable as cases in Bolton reach 120 per 100,000 – the highest in the country.

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Local lockdown restrictions imposed to control Caerphilly outbreak Published Date: 07/09/2020

Coronavirus laws will be tightened across Caerphilly borough to prevent a local outbreak of the virus spreading, Health Minister Vaughan Gething has announced.

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Expired driving licences automatically extended by 11 months Published Date: 04/09/2020

Photocard licences or entitlement to drive that expires between 1 February and 31 December 2020 have been extended for 11 months from the date of expiry. This extension will be of interest to licensing authorities responsible for licensing taxi and private hire drivers.

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SIA consultation on top-up training for door supervisors Published Date: 04/09/2020

The SIA has changed the qualifications needed for an SIA licence and is now consulting on top-up training for SIA-licensed door supervisors and security officers.

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PH licence for police officer who abducted a schoolgirl Published Date: 04/09/2020

An ex-police officer who ‘quit’ the force after abducting schoolgirl and her friend has ‘won’ his legal battle to become a private hire driver.

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Urgent action needed to improve safety of cosmetic treatments, say CIEH and IoL Published Date: 02/09/2020

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and the Institute of Licensing (IoL) have published two new reports on regulating cosmetic treatments. Cosmetic treatments are rapidly growing in popularity, but the existing regulatory regime is poorly equipped to keep the public safe.

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NEXSTART gambling notes issued Published Date: 02/09/2020

NEXSTART, the National Exit Strategy Advice & Response Team for the Hospitality and Entertainment Industry, have issued two new guidance notes dealing with gaming machines in licensed bingo premises and adult gaming centres and gaming machines and pool tables in pubs in England.

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Online safeguarding sessions prove popular with Mendip’s taxi drivers Published Date: 02/09/2020

Mendip District Council’s Licensing Team is delivering virtual safeguarding sessions to all its licensed taxi and private hire drivers.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions on Holding of Gatherings and Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 28/08/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions on Holding of Gatherings and Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 have been published and come into force today (Friday 28 August 2020), creating a new offence for holding (or being involved in holding) gatherings of more than 30 people.

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Restrictions lifted in parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire Published Date: 28/08/2020

Locally led approach seeing results as COVID-19 cases drop in some hotspot areas in northern England, meaning 2 households can mix again in areas including Bolton, Stockport, Trafford, Hyndburn and Burnley.  Current restrictions will remain in Leicester for a further 2 weeks as cases remain high at present.

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Emergency funding to support Scottish culture and heritage Published Date: 28/08/2020

A new £15 million Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund will provide critical support to a range of businesses such as art galleries, studio facilities, comedy venues, large music venues, commercial theatres, orchestras, dance companies and nightclubs.  This is part of a £59 million funding package to protect jobs and help the industry weather the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tougher fines introduced to prevent unlicensed music events in Wales Published Date: 28/08/2020

The Welsh Government has moved to give the police greater powers to prevent unlicensed music events taking place in Wales, as part of efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, Health Minister Vaughan Gething has announced.

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New powers to protect from community transmission in Scotland Published Date: 27/08/2020

Police Scotland have been granted powers to break up large house parties as restrictions on social gatherings come into force from tomorrow (Friday 28 August) making it an offence to breach coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance by having a large house party indoors.

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Licensing – a statutory function which cannot be ignored Published Date: 26/08/2020

While most local authorities have found ways to overcome the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to operate the licensing function, there remain some who currently refuse to accept new licence applications.  This is an indefensible position to take, adversely impacting on individuals and businesses at a time of extreme difficulty and rising unemployment nationally.

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Nightclub & Venue Reopening Strategy published Published Date: 25/08/2020

The NTIA and a consortium of industry operators have published a  ‘Nightclubs & Venue Opening Strategy’ setting out the case for a science-based, risk-assessed return to a Covid-secure opening of nightclubs and venues.

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NEXSTART Gaming machines in licensed bingo premises and AGCs Published Date: 24/08/2020

The NEXSTART group have published an advice note focusing on gaming machines in licensed bingo premises and AGCs.

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NEXSTART Group J Gaming Machines and Pool Tables in Pubs in England Published Date: 24/08/2020

The NEXSTART group have published an advice note focusing on gaming machines and pool tables in pubs in England.

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Timeline set out for lifting temporary restrictions in Aberdeen Published Date: 23/08/2020

Hospitality to reopen on Wednesday 26 August subject to compliance checks.

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Tougher fines ahead of Bank Holiday to crack down on illegal gatherings Published Date: 23/08/2020

A new criminal offence for people organising or facilitating unlawful gatherings comes into force on Friday 28 August 2020.

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More targeted action in local areas to curb the spread of coronavirus Published Date: 21/08/2020

Government and local leaders in Oldham, Pendle and Blackburn have agreed additional measures to curb the spread of the virus, while removing Wigan, Darwen and Rossendale from intervention, but businesses including restaurants and pubs, workplaces and childcare including nurseries to remain open. In addition, Birmingham is now an ‘area of enhanced support’ and Northampton is an ‘area of intervention’.

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Guildford taxi driver has licence revoked - Crown Court dismisses appeal Published Date: 20/08/2020

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

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Updated: Closing certain businesses and venues in England Published Date: 20/08/2020

The closing certain businesses and venues in England guidance has been updated to reflect changes in rules on wearing face coverings.

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An open letter to the pub sector to support safe trading practices Published Date: 19/08/2020

The BBPA, UK Hospitality and BII have issued an open letter to the pub sector highlighting the critical importance of engaging our customers in Covid secure practices.

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Pubs ‘vow’ to adhere to social distancing rules Published Date: 18/08/2020

Major UK breweries admit they have "an important role to play" in controlling the spread of coronavirus, after a Sky News investigation revealed nine out of 10 pubs in Greater Manchester were flouting lockdown rules.

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FSA campaign to help food sector adapt to the new normal Published Date: 18/08/2020

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) have launched a ‘Here to Help’ campaign to provides a practical guide for food businesses on how to register, re-open and adapt to the way they trade safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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London taxi initiate legal action challenging London’s “streetspace” road restrictions Published Date: 18/08/2020

The Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association (LTDA) and United Trade Action Group (UTAG) has taken the decision to challenge both the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) over its new Streetspace plans as more key roads are closed to motorists and licensed taxis.

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COVID-19: outdoor events guidance by the LGA Published Date: 18/08/2020

There has been some uncertainty about the extent to which outdoor events are currently permitted to take place. This guidance note brings together relevant guidance on outdoor events and provides an overview of the current position.

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Nail bars, salons and some outdoor venues to reopen in Leicester Published Date: 18/08/2020

Nail bars, outdoor pools, and beauty salons can reopen in Leicester from tomorrow (19 August). Current rules for gatherings in private homes and gardens will remain in place while the Government continues to monitor the situation and keep all restrictions and easements under consideration

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Casinos can reopen from 15 August alongside other easements, while stronger enforcement measures announced Published Date: 14/08/2020

The Government has confirmed re-opening from 15 August for casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and other premises, while nightclubs and dance halls will remain closed.  Close contact treatments will be able to resume in full although staff offering these services should wear a face mask (type 2 surgical), in addition to a clear visor that covers the face.  The easements come alongside tougher fines for face mask breaches and new fines for unlawful gatherings.

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Guidance updates to accompany relaxations Published Date: 14/08/2020

Guidance for performing arts and close contact services have been updated alongside guidance for the public following the announcements by the Government of further relaxations.

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IoL response to Wales' proposed ban on third party sales of puppies and kittens Published Date: 14/08/2020

The Institute of Licensing has submitted a response to the Wales Government's consultation on the proposed ban of third party sales of puppies and kittens.

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Restrictions on household gatherings to continue in parts of North West, West Yorkshire, East Lancashire and Leicester Published Date: 14/08/2020

Current rules on gatherings in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, East Lancashire and Leicester will remain in place, meaning casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, exhibition halls, conference centres and indoor play areas will not be permitted to open in these areas. The Government says it will continue to work with local leaders in Blackburn with Darwen, Oldham and Pendle to address high or rising cases

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Mayor calls for ‘urgent’ support to protect businesses through COVID19 Published Date: 13/08/2020

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has written to the Prime Minister setting out proposals to ensure the West End can survive the COVID-19 pandemic, as businesses face a 'perfect storm' with home working, tourism restrictions and social distancing requirements.

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Tax conditionality – draft primary legislation Published Date: 13/08/2020

As announced at Budget 2020, the government will legislate in Finance Bill 2020-21 to make the renewal of licences to drive taxis and private hire vehicles, operate PHV firms and deal in scrap metal, conditional on applicants completing checks that confirm they are appropriately registered for tax. Licensing bodies will have to obtain confirmation that an applicant has completed the check before making a decision on their renewal application.  The draft primary legislation and supporting documentation has now been published.

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Hospitality sector must commit to customer tracing schemes Published Date: 12/08/2020

UKHospitality has reiterated the importance of hospitality businesses to play their part in supporting the test and trace schemes across the UK.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pavement licences guidance Published Date: 22/07/2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NEXSTART FAQs published Published Date: 03/07/2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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COVID-19 - IoL Announcment Published Date: 17/03/2020

On 17th March 2020, the IoL announced that all IoL training would be reviewed in light of COVID-19 and the Government announcments of 16th March.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ashford taxi prosecutions Published Date: 26/02/2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Pubwatch have announced the release of their latest film

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IoL responds to industry critcism of guidance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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NHS tells betting firms to stop 'vicious gambling cycle' Published Date: 20/01/2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BGC rolls out festive safer gambling campaign Published Date: 19/12/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Council awarded iESE achievement award for licensing Published Date: 18/11/2019

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

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

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

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Betting companies “merely paying lip service to safer gambling” Published Date: 13/11/2019

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

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Spent convictions and 'fit and proper’ test Published Date: 13/11/2019

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

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Edinburgh first to license SEVs Published Date: 13/11/2019

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

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Taxi driver appeal dismissed Published Date: 07/11/2019

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

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LGA: Taxi reforms urgently needed Published Date: 05/11/2019

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

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Gambling Commission update gaming machine ‘available for use’ guidance Published Date: 04/11/2019

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

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“Hundreds” of London minicabs could be working illegally Published Date: 04/11/2019

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

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Councils transforming people affected by alcohol Published Date: 03/11/2019

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

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NatWest to offer help to gambling addicts Published Date: 03/11/2019

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

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Taxi Driver Guilty of Driving without Private Hire Driver Licence Published Date: 30/10/2019

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

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VE Day Anniversay - hours extension planned for pubs Published Date: 25/10/2019

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

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2019 Young People and Gambling report Published Date: 24/10/2019

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

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

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

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Petfre to pay £322,000 for money laundering failures Published Date: 22/10/2019

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

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

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

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Court rules Council was right to refuse licence for convicted driver Published Date: 22/10/2019

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

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No primary legislation to reform taxi and PH licensing Published Date: 22/10/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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Taxi enforcement action in MK Published Date: 16/10/2019

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

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Wales MUP regulations laid Published Date: 16/10/2019

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

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Consultation on liquor licensing laws in Northern Ireland Published Date: 15/10/2019

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

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Research on the impact of Scottish minimum unit pricing released Published Date: 15/10/2019

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

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Taxi law reform and the Queen’s speech Published Date: 11/10/2019

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

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Rossendale man found guilty of driving a taxi without a licence Published Date: 11/10/2019

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

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First electric taxi licensed in North West Leicestershire Published Date: 11/10/2019

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

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Autonomous taxis “on streets of London for the first time” Published Date: 09/10/2019

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

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“Cut alcohol to stave off dementia” – Oxford University Published Date: 09/10/2019

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

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Private hire driver loses licence on hearsay evidence Published Date: 06/10/2019

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

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Non-party licensing costs but requires fairness – High Court Published Date: 06/10/2019

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

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Oldham club stays shut after licence revocation upheld Published Date: 02/10/2019

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

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UKHospitality and BBPA launch guidance for tackling under-age gambling in pubs Published Date: 02/10/2019

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

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Driver with "clear pattern of inappropriate behaviour" towards children refused licence Published Date: 27/09/2019

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

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Ten 'Cumulative Impact Zones' and MUP – Brent Council consultation Published Date: 25/09/2019

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

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Whitehaven pubs sign up to be Best Bar None Published Date: 25/09/2019

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

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

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

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DfT publish statistical report 'Taxi and private hire vehicle statistics, England: 2019' Published Date: 25/09/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Proposed changes to Entertainment Licensing Statistics Published Date: 22/09/2019

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

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DCMS Committee call for regulation of betting in video games Published Date: 18/09/2019

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

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Ban on new pubs ‘does not help’ tackle alcohol harm Published Date: 18/09/2019

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

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

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

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New technology to detect knives in public places Published Date: 16/09/2019

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

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Licensing: third party costs orders Published Date: 13/09/2019

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

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“Tax alcohol at a higher rate than drink sold in pubs” – SMF Published Date: 08/09/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pubs and grassroots sport: the perfect match Published Date: 05/09/2019

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

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Ireland notifies EU of regulation to ban alcohol promotions Published Date: 05/09/2019

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

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

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

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North Somerset Council succeed in Crown Court taxi appeal Published Date: 29/08/2019

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

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

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No national order for rugby world cup Published Date: 23/08/2019

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

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Government consults on Offensive Weapons Act guidance Published Date: 23/08/2019

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

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Cab drivers count cost of picking up illegal fares in Milton Keynes Published Date: 21/08/2019

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

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Carlsberg UK and Guild of Beer Writers launch sustainability award Published Date: 19/08/2019

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

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Council defeats revocation appeal Published Date: 19/08/2019

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

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Updated: Refunds of gambling premises annual fees Published Date: 19/08/2019

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

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EPC publish revised SAG Good Practice Guide Published Date: 09/08/2019

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

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Pubs across the country enter Charity Pub of the Year competition Published Date: 09/08/2019

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

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LGA publish guidance on managing night-time economies Published Date: 09/08/2019

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

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New LGA Councillor Guidance for the Licensing Act 2003 Published Date: 09/08/2019

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

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Gambling Commission releases National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms action map Published Date: 09/08/2019

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

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Doctors on Wheels Ltd and taxi medicals Published Date: 09/08/2019

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

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Unlicensed taxi driver fined in Rossendale Published Date: 01/08/2019

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

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Private Hire driver convicted for failing to take an Assistance Dog in Milton Keynes Published Date: 29/07/2019

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

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Private hire drivers successfully prosecuted for illegally plying for hire in Milton Keynes Published Date: 29/07/2019

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

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CK Cabs driver who lost his taxi licence for 'violent behaviour' fails in bid to get it back Published Date: 26/07/2019

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

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Southwark grants 3am premises licence in stress area Published Date: 22/07/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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DEFRA issue taxi air quality reporting guidance Published Date: 18/07/2019

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

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Welsh Government publish public transport White Paper report Published Date: 18/07/2019

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

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

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

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Welsh taxi reform delayed Published Date: 16/07/2019

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

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Portugal oppose Welsh MUP plans Published Date: 16/07/2019

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

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

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

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Star directors back new Premises Licence for independent cinema in Camden’s Cumulative Impact Policy area Published Date: 08/07/2019

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

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AVDC successfully prosecutes three drivers for ‘blagging’ Published Date: 04/07/2019

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

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Taxi driver appeal dismissed Published Date: 03/07/2019

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

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Cheltenham’s night-time economy wins national award Published Date: 02/07/2019

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

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Appeal against revocation and transfer of premises licence dismissed Published Date: 02/07/2019

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

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Gambling firms pledge £60m to help problem gamblers Published Date: 02/07/2019

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

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Gambling HoL Select Committee publishes a call for evidence Published Date: 02/07/2019

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

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Taxi enforcement action in Milton Keynes Published Date: 02/07/2019

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

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Private Hire Driver convicted of driving without a Licence Published Date: 26/06/2019

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

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Alcohol licensing rules ‘redrawn for Center Parcs Published Date: 25/06/2019

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

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Gambling addiction clinic to open Published Date: 25/06/2019

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

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New Gambling House of Lords Select Committee set up Published Date: 19/06/2019

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

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National Pubwatch produce two new films Published Date: 19/06/2019

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

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Scottish alcohol sales drop as minimum price kicks in Published Date: 19/06/2019

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

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‘Blagging’ private hire driver stripped of licence Published Date: 13/06/2019

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

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Government response to Lords seaside towns report Published Date: 11/06/2019

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

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Twelve north east councils to combine taxi licensing Published Date: 11/06/2019

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

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Bogus charity collector jailed Published Date: 11/06/2019

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

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Preston Private Hire Operator fined for refusing to take passenger with guide dog Published Date: 11/06/2019

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

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Praise for taxi driver who reported CSE concerns Published Date: 06/06/2019

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

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North West Leicestershire District Council signs up to NR3 Published Date: 03/06/2019

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

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Below cost sales guidance updated Published Date: 03/06/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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Defra notice regarding zoos inspections Published Date: 28/05/2019

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

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Stone Valley Festival given go ahead Published Date: 21/05/2019

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

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Labour “demands” review of online casino licences Published Date: 21/05/2019

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

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'Night mayor' to be appointed by Glasgow City Council Published Date: 19/05/2019

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

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UK drinkers “get drunk more often than anyone else” according to study Published Date: 19/05/2019

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

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Three Private Hire drivers caught illegally ‘blagging’ in Milton Keynes Published Date: 16/05/2019

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

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Lucy’s Law laid before Parliament Published Date: 15/05/2019

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

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Glasgow City Council reject women only taxi service Published Date: 12/05/2019

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

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“Grey gamblers” fastest growing group of online gamblers Published Date: 03/05/2019

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

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First anniversary of MUP in Scotland Published Date: 03/05/2019

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

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Ice-cream vans banned from some areas of London Published Date: 01/05/2019

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

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LCCP changes on age and identity verification come into effect in May Published Date: 30/04/2019

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

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Surveillance Commissioner responds to DfT consultation Published Date: 30/04/2019

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

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Taxi enforcement action in Milton Keynes Published Date: 25/04/2019

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

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Pub closures showing signs of slowing Published Date: 24/04/2019

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

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Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles Database – Update Published Date: 24/04/2019

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

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Glasgow first council to introduce cap on private hire car licences Published Date: 24/04/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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IoL responds to DfT consultation on S177 Draft Statutory Guidance Published Date: 22/04/2019

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

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Southway Chicken House fined for breaching licensing rules Published Date: 17/04/2019

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

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Court dismisses Bermondsey Beer Mile Appeal Published Date: 15/04/2019

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

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Wakefield taxi fees case published Published Date: 12/04/2019

The transcript of the case of Rehman v Wakefield Council is now available.

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DEFRA issue animal licensing advice note Published Date: 11/04/2019

DEFRA has issued the an advice note to clarify some issues that the team has been receiving feedback on, both from local authorities and other stakeholders.

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IoL President comment on taxi sexual attacks news Published Date: 11/04/2019

IoL President, James Button, has commented on a recent national press article suggesting an increase in the number of sexual attacks by taxi drivers.

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Reading premises licence revocation decision upheld Published Date: 08/04/2019

Reading Borough Council's Licence revocation decision upheld by District Judge District Judge Toms, sitting at Reading Magistrates Court, has upheld the decision taken by Reading Borough Council’s Licensing Sub Committee to revoke the premises licence for Todays Local, 441 Basingstoke Road, Reading.

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Fake taxi driver prosecuted Published Date: 04/04/2019

The driver has been prosecuted for using stickers to trick potential customers into thinking he was a licensed taxi.

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FOBT stake cut comes into force but bookmakers are accused of bypassing rules Published Date: 02/04/2019

On Monday (01/04/19), the reduction of the maximum stakes on fixed odd betting terminals (FOBT) came into effect.

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House of Lords Select Committee report published – Regeneration of Seaside Towns and Communities Published Date: 02/04/2019

House of Lords Select Committee report has been published following the review of the regeneration of seaside towns and communities

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MPs debate gambling-related harm Published Date: 01/04/2019

Ronnie Cowan MP lead a debate in the Westminster Hall on gambling-related harm.

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Transport Committee takes evidence on taxi law reform Published Date: 01/04/2019

The House of Common’s Transport Select Committee has held a one-off evidence session with the Chair of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing (TFG).

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Home Office confirm no 2019 statistical return Published Date: 01/04/2019

The Home Office has confirmed there will be no requirement on licensing authorities to complete the annual alcohol licensing statistical return.

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Crown Court confirms council decision to revoke private hire driver's licence Published Date: 29/03/2019

A private hire driver has lost their appeal against Guildford Borough Council’s decision to revoke their private hire driver’s licence.

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Permission for the Judicial Review of Hackney council’s licensing policy granted Published Date: 27/03/2019

“We Love Hackney”, a non – profit organisation, has been granted permission by the High Court to pursue a Judicial Review of Hackney council’s licensing policy.

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London Assembly call for higher licensing standards in London Published Date: 27/03/2019

The London Assembly has concluded that TfL needs to bring in higher standards in the capital’s taxi and private hire industry.

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Taxi driver prosecuted for refusing to take a passenger’s guide dog Published Date: 22/03/2019

A taxi driver who refused to take a passenger with a guide dog in Abingdon has been ordered to pay nearly £600 after he was successfully prosecuted by Vale of White Horse District Council.

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Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee live music report Published Date: 20/03/2019

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has published its 9th report of session 2017–19 focussing on live music in the UK.

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IoL requests views on DfT draft Statutory Guidance for Licensing Authorities - Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing: Protecting Users Published Date: 20/03/2019

Survey responses will be used to inform the IoL response to the DfT

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Charity set up by industry entrepreneur launches “Pinkspiration” initiative Published Date: 20/03/2019

The Team Margot Foundation, set up by industry entrepreneur Yaser Martini, is launching "Pinkspiration", an initiative to get hospitality operators to drive blood stem cell donor registrations.

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Group of MPs urge urgent action on taxi and private hire licensing Published Date: 20/03/2019

MPs have written to the Leader of the House of Commons asking for “urgent action on taxi and private hire legislation.”

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New gambling ID and age verification rules Published Date: 20/03/2019

ID and age verification rules for all UK online gambling operators is set to change from May 2019 to ensure gambling is ‘fairer and safer’ for UK consumers.

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NI taxis lowest level in 10 years Published Date: 06/03/2019

The number of licensed taxis in Northern Ireland has reached its lowest number for 10 years.

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New NAFN National Register of Taxi and Private Hire Licence Revocations and Refusals (NR3) Published Date: 01/08/2018

The LGA has launched a national register of taxi and PHV licence refusals and revocations – or NR3.

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Institute responds to Home Office 'Rebalancing the Licensing Regime' consultation Published Date: 09/09/2010

The Institute has made a formal response to the Home Office consultation in relation to the Coalition proposals to 'rebalance the licensing regime'.

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Institute of Licensing response to Home Office consultation re the proposed Protect Duty Published Date: 01/01/0001

The Institute of Licensing has submitted its response to the Government's Protect Duty.

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Updated LGA Councillor Handbook: Taxi and PHV Licensing Published Date: 01/01/0001

The LGA has recently update its ‘Councillor Handbook: Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles (PHV) Licensing’ to reflect new statutory standards published by the Department for Transport in July 2020.

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