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Review the Animal Welfare Regulations petition launched 16th October 2018

A petition has been launched calling on the Government to urgently review the Regulations and guidance.

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Home Office seek licensing help to fight hate crime 16th October 2018

The Home Office has launched its action plan against hate crime.

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Ashby turning purple after retaining nightlife award 12th October 2018

Bars, restaurants and businesses in Ashby are joining forces to host a Purple Flag party after the town successfully received accreditation for its excellent and safe nightlife for a second year.

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Out of town cabbies caught illegally ‘blagging’ in Milton Keynes 11th October 2018

Two private hire drivers have been successfully prosecuted after being caught illegally picking up passengers - plying for hire (known as ‘blagging’) - in Milton Keynes.

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Council reviews shop’s alcohol licence following immigration offences 10th October 2018

Cheltenham Borough Council’s licensing sub-committee reviewed the alcohol licence of St James Store in St James Street, Cheltenham in hearing on Thursday 20 September.

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“Minimise alcohol harms over festive period” – Drinkaware 10th October 2018

As pubs and bars prepare for the festive season, alcohol education charity Drinkaware is urging operators to create an environment where customers can have a great time, while minimising the risk of alcohol related harms.

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'Local partnership working for a vibrant night time economy' – report 10th October 2018

LGiU and Portman Group have published their report local towns and cities’ approach to managing the evening and night time economy.

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DEFRA consult on taxi air quality register 10th October 2018

DEFRA has launched a consultation on the creation of a taxi and private hire register to help manage them entering or moving within a Clean Air Zone.

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Pub stripped of entertainment licence after loud gigs 4th October 2018

A pub has been stripped of its entertainment licence after neighbours complained about noise.

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DEFRA publish updated guidance 4th October 2018

DEFRA have published updated guidance on the now commenced Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) 2018.

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DEFRA animal licensing forms published 4th October 2018

Forms for the new animal licensing regulations have been published by DEFRA.

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Animal welfare boosted by new law coming into force 1st October 2018

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 come into force.

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The Welsh Government consults on the Minimum Unit Price draft regulations 30th September 2018

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething announces the preferred Minimum Unit Price for alcohol in Wales.

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New NPW Film - Conflict Management - National Pubwatch 30th September 2018

NPW is pleased to announce the release of its latest film on the subject of conflict management.

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Modern Slavery Appeal summarily dismissed for non-compliance with Court Directions 30th September 2018

In a rare procedural step, Hastings Magistrates’ Court has summarily dismissed an appeal against the revocation of a premises licence following the failure by the Appellant to comply with Court directions requiring him to serve his evidence on the Respondent, Rother District Council.

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Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing – Report published 24th September 2018

The DfT has today published the report of the Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing.

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London taxi drivers apply for Uber decision JR 20th September 2018

A group of London taxi drivers have lodged papers with the High Court seeking permission to judicially review the decision to grant Uber an operating licence.

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Council licensed taxi drivers to continue without criminal record checks due to ‘serious’ error 20th September 2018

It has been reported that York Council licensed drivers without doing proper criminal checks.

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Out of town cabbie caught illegally blagging and driving without a licence plate in Milton Keynes 20th September 2018

A private hire driver has been successfully prosecuted after being caught illegally picking up passengers - plying for hire (known as ‘blagging’) - and driving without his vehicle licence plate on display in Milton Keynes.

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MP calls for tougher rules on taxi licences 20th September 2018

Birmingham MP has called on the Government to give councils more powers to take action against unsafe taxi drivers.

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Out of town cabbie caught illegally ‘blagging’ in Milton Keynes 14th September 2018

A private hire driver has been successfully prosecuted after being caught illegally picking up passengers - plying for hire (known as ‘blagging’) - in Milton Keynes.

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ICO on CCTV in taxis 10th September 2018

The Information Commissioner’s office has recently published information on the lawfulness of CCTV in taxis.

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Consultation on Licensing of Dog, Cat and Rabbit Breeding Activities in Scotland 10th September 2018

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on proposals to introduce new regulations for the licensing of dog, cat and rabbit breeding activities in Scotland.

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Coventry launches 'Go Electric Taxi' scheme 6th September 2018

Coventry Council has partnered with LEVC to shift towards low emission taxi fleet.

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Gambling and Public Health 6th September 2018

New guidance has been published to assist public health teams engage in gambling policy reviews.

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“Breathalyse MPs and end alcohol subsidies in Parliament” – report recommendations 6th September 2018

A report recently published has recommended that MPs should be breathalysed before participating in Parliamentary business.

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“Two-thirds of alcohol sales are to heavy drinkers” - IAS 29th August 2018

Institute of Alcohol Studies report finds two-thirds of alcohol sales are to heavy drinkers.

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Government backs ban on third party sales of puppies and kittens 22nd August 2018

A ban on third party puppy and kitten sales in England will be introduced the Government has confirmed.

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Electronic signatures are valid say Government’s legal experts 21st August 2018

Electronic signatures can be used to sign formal legal contracts under English law, the Law Commission has confirmed.

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London Mayor seeks powers to limit private hire licences 19th August 2018

The Mayor of London has sought new powers from the Government to limit the number of private hire licences in the capital.

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SIA conman targets London licensed shop keepers 19th August 2018

A conman pretending to hold a SIA licence has defrauded a number of south London shop keepers.

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Scottish Government issue advice to Personal Licence Holders 13th August 2018

The Scottish Government has issued guidance for Personal Licence Holders whose licences are due for renewal this year.

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Pubs still closing at “alarming” rate 12th August 2018

New figures have revealed that the number of pubs closing every week has remained at around 18 per week.

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Welsh MUP Bill receives Royal Assent 12th August 2018

The Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill has received Royal Assent.

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PHE statement of licensing policy guidance published 9th August 2018

Public Health England has published advice for public health teams when reviewing their local statement of licensing policy for alcohol.

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Government to increase animal cruelty maximum sentences 9th August 2018

The Government has confirmed it will increase the maximum sentences for animal cruelty cases.

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Out of town cabbie caught illegally ‘blagging’ twice in one night in Milton Keynes 9th August 2018

A previously convicted private hire driver has been successfully prosecuted after being caught twice in the one night illegally picking up passengers plying for hire in Milton Keynes.

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Government write to local authorities on Inclusive Transport Strategy 6th August 2018

The Government has written to local authorities on their Inclusive Transport Strategy including their plans for improved accessibility in taxis and private hire vehicles.

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DEFRA guidance published 6th August 2018

DEFRA have published its guidance on the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.

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Licensing appeal fees reduced 2nd August 2018

The fee payable on lodging an appeal under the Licensing Act 2003 has been reduced.

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Licensed driver convicted for failing to take an Assistance Dog in Milton Keynes 1st August 2018

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

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Licensed driver convicted for failing to take an Assistance Dog 1st August 2018

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

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Taxi driver caught driving suspended vehicle in Milton Keynes 1st August 2018

A private hire driver has been prosecuted after being caught using his suspended private hire vehicle in Milton Keynes.

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Private hire: scope of fit and proper test 1st August 2018

Hull Crown Court has upheld decisions of East Riding Yorkshire Council to revoke a private hire operator’s and driver’s licence.

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Taxi driver caught illegally plying for hire 30th July 2018

A private hire driver has been prosecuted after being caught picking up a passenger illegally - plying for hire - known as ‘blagging’ - in Milton Keynes.

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Scottish licensing bodies move to ‘crisis planning’ as liquor permit deadline looms 27th July 2018

Reports are that licensing bodies have moved to “crisis planning” over a looming deadline to renew liquor permits in Scotland.

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Planning guidance – Now Includes ‘Agent of Change’ 26th July 2018

The National Planning Policy Framework, issued in July 2018, includes provisions relating to the “Agent of Change” principle.

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Government publish Inclusive Transport Strategy 26th July 2018

The Government have published its Inclusive Transport Strategy including provisions relating to taxi and private hire licensing.

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Peer calls for gambling law reform 25th July 2018

Lord Chadlington said it’s time to act decisively to end children’s exposure to gambling advertising or we risk a future gambling epidemic.

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Crimestoppers launch campaign to raise public awareness of ‘County Lines’ and the exploitation of vulnerable people 23rd July 2018

This campaign aims to raise public awareness about ‘county lines’ and to encourage reporting of concerns to Crimestoppers

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Report on impact of gambling-related harms published 18th July 2018

An approach to understanding the full range of harms gambling can have on society has been published today.

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Taxi driver caught by Council and Police for illegally plying for hire in MK 18th July 2018

A private hire driver has been prosecuted after being caught picking up a passenger illegally - plying for hire - known as ‘blagging’ - in Milton Keynes.

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Scottish Government consults on personal licence renewal fees 18th July 2018

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on whether to introduce a fee for applying to renew a Personal Licence under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.

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Sunderland bar get 5am alcohol licence 29th June 2018

A new Sunderland City centre bar/club has been successful in its application for a 5 am late alcohol licence.

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DDCMS launch consultation on society lotteries reform 29th June 2018

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DDCMS) have today launched a consultation on changes to the amount of money society lotteries can raise for good causes

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Appeal Court upholds revocation of Premises Licence following “modern slavery” review 29th June 2018

Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court, has upheld the decision to revoke a premises licence following allegations of illegal workers.

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Court overturns Uber London ban 27th June 2018

A court has upheld Uber’s appeal against Transport for London’s decision to not renew its operating licence.

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National Licensing Week 2018 25th June 2018

NLW Week returns for the 3rd year running in June 2018 and is the only initiative aimed at raising awareness about the role of licensing across the UK.

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Illegal ice-cream van trader given maximum fine 24th June 2018

Illegal ice-cream van trader given maximum fine & forfeits van.

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Ealing’S LA Confidential Loses its SEV Licence 24th June 2018

A sub-committee on has refused to renew the SEV Licence of LA Confidential, the London Borough’s only remaining lap-dancing club.

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Welsh MUP Bill passed by Welsh Government 22nd June 2018

The Welsh Assembly have passed the Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill.

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Government delay FOTB cut for two years 22nd June 2018

The Government will not implement the cut to FOBT stakes until 2020.

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Wirral Council Successfully Defends decision to revoke a Private Hire Driver & Operator Licence 18th June 2018

Magistrates Court and Crown Court determined that the Appellant and Appellant company were not fit and proper persons to hold their respective taxi licences

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Craven District Taxi drivers told to fit CCTV cameras 13th June 2018

Taxi drivers will have to fit CCTV cameras in their taxis to comply with new regulations being brought in by Craven District Council.

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A taxi driver faces fines and costs after offering to carry a covert customer illegally 13th June 2018

Reading Borough Council licensing officers were carrying out test purchasing during the festival period last year when the offences were committed.

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Home Office to consult on regulations on alcohol consumption at airports 13th June 2018

It has been reported that the Home Office will “imminently” launch a consultation on regulating alcohol consumption at airports.

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Premises licence revoked following immigration visits 6th June 2018

A premises licence for a restaurant in Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex has been revoked by Rother District Council following a review hearing.

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TfL consult on Integrated Impact Assessment for proposals to improving safety in PHVs 6th June 2018

Transport for London are consulting on an Integrated Impact Assessment on its proposals relating to improving safety in PHVs in the capital.

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Commission publishes industry statistics update 6th June 2018

The Gambling Commission has published its six-month update to the gambling industry statistics.

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Four more Private Hire drivers fined for illegally plying for hire in Milton Keynes 6th June 2018

FOUR more cab drivers have been prosecuted after being caught picking up passengers illegally – or ‘blagging’ in Milton Keynes.

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TfL successful in defending “substantial” operator fee hike 3rd June 2018

A High Court judge has rejected a legal challenge by private hire vehicle operators over changes introduced by Transport for London to its licensing fees structure.

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The Scottish Government is to hold a consultation on the implementation of MUP by wholesalers on trade sales 3rd June 2018

The Scottish Government is due to consult on technical changes to minimum unit pricing.

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Scotland bans wild animals in travelling circuses 31st May 2018

Scotland has become the first country in the UK to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.

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Irish Transport Minister to ban rickshaws over safety concerns 31st May 2018

It has been reported that that Irish Transport Minister Shane Ross has proposed a ban on rickshaws following a number of safety concerns.

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LGA calls for taxi licensing reforms 30th May 2018

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the Government to updated taxi licensing to make it fit for the 21st Century.

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TfL win Voice Contact Requirement case 28th May 2018

Transport for London have won a court case on its imposition of a “Voice Contact Requirement” condition on all its private hire operators.

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Government announce review of Pubs Code 23rd May 2018

The Government has announced that it will undertake a review of the Pubs Code and the Pubs Code Adjudicator.

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TfL licensing enforcement officers to be delegated police powers 23rd May 2018

Transport for London’s licensing compliance officers have been granted new powers by the Met Police to carry out road stops without police presence.

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BBPA Guidance for Russia 2018 21st May 2018

The BBPA has produced guidance for pubs in anticipation of the imminent World Cup.

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Reading Council’s Licensing Team have received a Home Office award 21st May 2018

Reading Council’s Licensing Team have received a Home Office award.

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Government confirms FOBT maximum stake cut from £100 to £2 17th May 2018

The Government has today confirmed it will be reducing the maximum FOBT stake to £2.

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Planning and licensing - The Raynsford Review of Planning 16th May 2018

A comprehensive review of UK planning rules has also commented on the interaction between licensing and planning.

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Government due to announce new alcohol strategy 16th May 2018

The Government has announced plans for a new alcohol strategy.

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Drinkaware Crew expands with first Yorkshire venues 11th May 2018

Drinkaware is launching its successful Drinkaware Crew programme in late night venues in Wakefield city centre this month - making it a first for Yorkshire.

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FOBT review announcement due 11th May 2018

A decision on the maximum stakes for FOBTs is expected next week following further delays.

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Public Health England to review evidence on minimum unit pricing for alcohol 11th May 2018

It’s is reported that PHE has been instructed to review the evidence for MUP in England.

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Premises licence revoked due to a set of immigration breaches 4th May 2018

On 23 April the Sandhurst Tandoori restaurant at 80 High Street, Sandhurst, had their premises licence revoked.

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Draft Order permitting an extension of hours for Royal Wedding approved 3rd May 2018

The Draft Order regarding the proposed extension of licensing hours for the Royal Wedding has been approved by the House of Lords.

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NHS publish statistics on alcohol 3rd May 2018

The NHS has published its 2018 statistical report on alcohol use and misuse by adults and children.

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Three Private Hire drivers fined for illegally plying for hire in Milton Keynes 1st May 2018

Three cab drivers have been prosecuted after being caught picking up passengers illegally – or ‘blagging’ - in Milton Keynes.

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Taxi standards under scrutiny in East Midlands Airport spot checks 1st May 2018

An unlicensed taxi driver had his vehicle seized while another had his licence suspended during spot checks near East Midlands Airport.

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MUP come into force in Scotland 1st May 2018

Minimum Unit Pricing has come into effect in Scotland from today (1 May 2018).

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Uber licence refused in Brighton 1st May 2018

Uber has had its operating licence renewal application turned down by Brighton and Hove Council.

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Institute of Licensing launches Guidance on determining suitability of applicants and licensees in the hackney and private hire trades. 26th April 2018

The IoL has launched guidance to assist local authorities making decisions about the suitability of applicants and licensees in the hackney and private hire trades.

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Government issue revised s.182 guidance 24th April 2018

The Home Office has issued its latest revision of its section 182 statutory guidance.

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Chancellor reportedly blocks cut to FOBT stakes 24th April 2018

It is reported that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has blocked a proposed reduction in FOBT stakes.

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Update on the National Register of taxi/ PHV licence Refusals and Revocations 23rd April 2018

The LGA have provided an update on the National Register of taxi/ PHV licence Refusals and Revocations.

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The Animal Welfare Regulations Published 23rd April 2018

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 have been published.

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Report finds link between availability of alcohol and increased rates of harm 23rd April 2018

Report finds link between availability of alcohol and increased rates of harm.

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School Transport Operator Fined After Council Checks 23rd April 2018

A private hire operator and a driver have been fined in court after Council licensing officers carried out checks on vehicles and drivers fulfilling school contracts.

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ACS calls for tougher penalties on illicit alcohol 18th April 2018

The ACS has called for tougher sanctions and closer collaboration between trading standards and licensing authorities to tackle illicit alcohol and tobacco trade.

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Government campaign to improve safeguards of “county lines” victims 18th April 2018

The Home Office have launched a new campaign to help taxi and private hire vehicle staff identify and safeguard victims of “County Lines”.

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