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Call for new measures to help improve taxi safety 24th February 2020

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

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Institute response to Commission on Alcohol Harms call for evidence 21st February 2020

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

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Institute response to consultation on the regulation of gambling in Northern Ireland 21st February 2020

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

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DEFRA issue 3rd party sales guidance 20th February 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 19th February 2020

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

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“Historic” Birmingham music venue granted premises licence 17th February 2020

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

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PASS Card consulting on Digital Proof of Age 17th February 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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Driver prosecuted for illegally plying for hire Cheltenham races 13th February 2020

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

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Pub hours extended to mark 75th anniversary of VE Day 13th February 2020

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

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Calls for licensed hand car washes 13th February 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 11th February 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 9th February 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 9th February 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 9th February 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. 6th February 2020

IoL responds to industry critcism of guidance

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£600,000 fine for illegal dog breeders 5th February 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 31st January 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 30th January 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 30th January 2020

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

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Drivers prosecuted for illegally plying for hire 29th January 2020

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

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Gambling Commission setup gambling harm working groups 29th January 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 29th January 2020

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

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Licensee ordered to pay over £18,000 for illegally screening Sky Sports 23rd January 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 22nd January 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' 20th January 2020

The 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.

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Gambling on credit cards to be banned from April 2020 14th January 2020

The Gambling Commission has announced a ban on gambling businesses allowing consumers in Great Britain to use credit cards to gamble.

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Stormont urged to ban breeders 14th January 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 13th January 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 13th January 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 13th January 2020

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

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Drop in licensing FPNs 9th January 2020

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

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Licensing appeal fee reduced 8th January 2020

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

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New commission on Alcohol Harm 7th January 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 7th January 2020

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

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LGA warning over fake alcohol 7th January 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 7th January 2020

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

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A private hire vehicle proprietor convicted of fraud 24th December 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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Institute recognised in Minister’s letter to licensing authorities 24th December 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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Gambling Commission consults on society lottery reform 23rd December 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 23rd December 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 17th December 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 17th December 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 17th December 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 17th December 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? 13th December 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 11th December 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 11th December 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 11th December 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 10th December 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 9th December 2019

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

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Wakefield taxi fee case back in court 2nd December 2019

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

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Five drivers prosecuted for illegally plying for hire during races 2nd December 2019

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

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Drinkaware relaunches night-time economy safety scheme 27th November 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. 25th November 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 25th November 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) 22nd November 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 18th November 2019

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

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MUP in Wales confirmed 16th November 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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Edinburgh first to license SEVs 13th November 2019

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

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Taxi driver appeal dismissed 7th November 2019

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

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LGA: Taxi reforms urgently needed 5th November 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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Councils transforming people affected by alcohol 3rd November 2019

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

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NatWest to offer help to gambling addicts 3rd November 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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2019 Young People and Gambling report 24th October 2019

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

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First fully electric London taxis since 1899 24th October 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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Significant underage gambling failure rate in pubs 22nd October 2019

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

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

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

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Update on Gambling Commission research actions to support the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms 21st October 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 18th October 2019

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

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Taxi enforcement action in MK 16th October 2019

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

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Wales MUP regulations laid 16th October 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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UKHospitality and BBPA launch guidance for tackling under-age gambling in pubs 3rd October 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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Oldham club stays shut after licence revocation upheld 2nd October 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tackling modern slavery – LGA publication 25th September 2019

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

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London Nightclub Loses Licence 25th September 2019

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

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

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

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Uber London Limited licensing decision 24th September 2019

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

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Lucy's Law confirmed for Scotland 22nd September 2019

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

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Proposed changes to Entertainment Licensing Statistics 22nd September 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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Tattooist licensing – Call for more powers 18th September 2019

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

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

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

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Licensing: third party costs orders 13th September 2019

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

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

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

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Greater Manchester Common Standards for taxis delayed 5th September 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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No national order for rugby world cup 23rd August 2019

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

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Government consults on Offensive Weapons Act guidance 23rd August 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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Council defeats revocation appeal 19th August 2019

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

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

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

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Doctors on Wheels Ltd and taxi medicals 9th August 2019

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

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EPC publish revised SAG Good Practice Guide 9th August 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Unlicensed taxi driver fined in Rossendale 1st August 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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National Lottery games under review 18th July 2019

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

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DEFRA issue taxi air quality reporting guidance 18th July 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Welsh taxi reform delayed 16th July 2019

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

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Portugal oppose Welsh MUP plans 16th July 2019

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

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Animal Licensing Amendment Regulations 14th July 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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Taxi driver appeal dismissed 3rd July 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Taxi enforcement action in Milton Keynes 2nd July 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gambling addiction clinic to open 25th June 2019

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

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

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

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National Pubwatch produce two new films 19th June 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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Government response to Lords seaside towns report 11th June 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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Bogus charity collector jailed 11th June 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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Below cost sales guidance updated 3rd June 2019

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

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NI taxis lowest level in 10 years 3rd June 2019

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

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

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

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Defra notice regarding zoos inspections 29th May 2019

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

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NITA report on benefits of events 29th May 2019

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

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Stone Valley Festival given go ahead 21st May 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lucy’s Law laid before Parliament 15th May 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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First anniversary of MUP in Scotland 3rd May 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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Surveillance Commissioner responds to DfT consultation 30th April 2019

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

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Taxi enforcement action in Milton Keynes 25th April 2019

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

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Pub closures showing signs of slowing 24th April 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Court dismisses Bermondsey Beer Mile Appeal 15th April 2019

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

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Wakefield taxi fees case published 12th April 2019

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

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DEFRA issue animal licensing advice note 11th April 2019

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

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

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

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Reading premises licence revocation decision upheld 8th April 2019

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

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Fake taxi driver prosecuted 4th April 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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MPs debate gambling-related harm 1st April 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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