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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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Ruling over Musician Exposure to Noise 13th April 2018

Musician wins case against the Royal Albert Hall for exposure to noise

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High Court considers defence of “consent” in body modification case 13th April 2018

The High Court has handed down a ruling in a case involving a business licensed for tattooing and body piercing but obtained “consent” to perform body modification.

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New ways of contacting the Home Office’s Alcohol & Late Night Refreshment Licensing Team 12th April 2018

The Home Office has announced changes to the way local authorities and responsible authorities can contact its Alcohol & Late Night Refreshment Licensing Team.

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Gambling Commission issue GDPR guidance to operators 12th April 2018

The Gambling Commission has now published an information note regarding the upcoming introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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High Court finds in council’s favour in special treatment licence case 12th April 2018

The High Court has rules in favour of a local authority who appealed a Magistrates’ Court ruling in a case involving special treatment licence offences.

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Calderdale Council fight off Crown Court challenge to Hackney Carriage cap 9th April 2018

Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council has successfully defended their policy of capping the number of hackney carriage licences permitted to operate in Halifax at 37.

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‘Pace Yourself Plus' launched ahead of major race meetings 5th April 2018

Drinkaware and The Racecourse Association are launching ‘Pace Yourself Plus', an enhanced version of their successful ‘Pace Yourself' responsible drinking campaign.

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Charity Fund Raising Pub of the Year shortlist announced 5th April 2018

Entries for the inaugural All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group and PubAid "Charity Fund Raising Pub of the Year" have been judged by an expert panel and a shortlist agreed.

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Government publishes Draft Order for the Royal Wedding 3rd April 2018

The Government has published a draft of the Order, which will extend the hours for certain licensable activities during the up and coming royal wedding.

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Scottish Government publish MUP guidance 3rd April 2018

The Scottish Government have published its Final Draft Guidance on the Implementation of Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol.

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Government urged to speed up charity lottery reforms 3rd April 2018

Three national lottery organisations have urged the Government to speed up its proposed lottery reforms.

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Birmingham licensed driver prosecuted for unlawfully plying for hire in Cheltenham 26th March 2018

Private hire driver from Birmingham fined for plying for hire in Cheltenham without a licence.

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Two private hire drivers found guilty of illegally plying for hire in Exeter 26th March 2018

Two private hire vehicle drivers have been found guilty of illegally plying for hire at Exeter Magistrates Court.

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Taxi driver loses licence after illegal passenger pick-up 26th March 2018

A taxi driver has been disqualified from driving for three months after being caught plying for hire by licensing officers.

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Dacorum Borough Council prosecute Uber driver 26th March 2018

Dacorum Council has successfully prosecuted a London private hire driver for unlawfully picking up a fare without a valid booking.

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“18 pubs closing weekly” – CAMRA report 22nd March 2018

A Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) report has found that up to 18 pubs a week are closing its doors.

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Regulator recommends cut in FOBT stake 19th March 2018

The Gambling Commission have recommended that the maximum stake for Fixed Odd Betting Terminals (FOBT) should be £30 or less.

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Uber abandons York licence refusal appeal 19th March 2018

Uber has reportedly abandoned its appeal against York Council’s decision not to renew Uber’s operating licence in the city.

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Licensing enforcement action with Hampshire Constabulary nets offenders 19th March 2018

Licensing officers from Southampton City Council worked with police officers checking the condition of licensed vehicles on city roads.

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Scottish Government consults on licensing changes 19th March 2018

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on procedural matters under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.

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Festival Ticket Tout Prosecuted 14th March 2018

A ticket tout operating during last year’s Reading Festival has been prosecuted by Reading Borough Council.

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Government announce tax break to help taxis cabs go green 13th March 2018

The Government has announced a £1,550 tax exemption for electric taxis comes into force this April.

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Report suggests Welsh MUP will “drive down consumption of drinks most associated with harm” 13th March 2018

Research published has indicated that MUP “will drive down consumption of some of the drinks most associated with harmful drinking.”

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Calls for an EMRO in Barrow 13th March 2018

There have been calls for Barrow to become the first in England to adopt an Early Morning Restriction Order (EMRO).

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Minimum unit price for alcohol ‘not a silver bullet’ – AMs 13th March 2018

Welsh Assembly Members have warned that minimum unit price for alcohol in Wales is ‘not a silver bullet’.

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TfL Report on Taxi and Private Hire Reform 13th March 2018

Transport for London has published a report setting out our proposals for resolving cross border hiring.

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Latest gambling participation and perceptions figures released 4th March 2018

The national gambling regulator have released the latest gambling participation and perceptions figures for 2017.

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Extended licensing hours for Royal Wedding confirmed 4th March 2018

The Government has published its response to an earlier consultation to extend licensing hours for the Royal Wedding.

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Council appeals for taxi passengers to come forward after guide dog case 4th March 2018

MKC’s taxi licensing team has renewed its appeal to hear from anyone who feels they may have had a rough deal from a driver because of a disability.

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MUP to be implemented on 1 May 4th March 2018

The Scottish Government has confirmed that a minimum unit price will be implemented in May.

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Call for Evidence – Banning third party sales of pets in England 2nd March 2018

The IoL sets out its position in relation to the the call for evidence and suggestions for either a ban or a licensing system in relation to third party sales of pets.

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Street trader fined for trading without consent 28th February 2018

A street trader in Bolton has been fined for an offence of trading without a licence.

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Revised DPS variation form published 28th February 2018

The Government has published a revised change of DPS form.

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Uber announce driver booking changes 28th February 2018

Uber have announced changes to the way it will be allocating work to its licensed drivers in the future.

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Safeguarding report recommends changes to taxi licensing legislation 28th February 2018

A report investigating the sexual exploitation of vulnerable people in the North East has called on the Government to change licensing rules to improve safeguarding.

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Scottish Government confirm 50p MUP 28th February 2018

The Scottish Government has confirmed that it is to introduce a minimum unit price from May 2018.

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Uber drops English language tests appeal 26th February 2018

Uber has dropped its appeal against Transport for London’s decision to implement an English language test requirement for private hire drivers.

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Number of sex establishment licences fall by a third 26th February 2018

Research undertaken by the BBC has revealed that the number of sex establishment licences have fallen by a third in England.

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Guidance on determining the suitability of applicants and licensees in the hackney carriage and private hire trades - consultation deadline extended 23rd February 2018

The IoL consultation on its draft guidance has been extended until 12 March 2018.

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Report finds “75% of alcohol drunk in Wales consumed by 22% of the population” 22nd February 2018

A report has found that three quarters of all alcohol consumed in Wales is drunk by less than a quarter of the adult population “who are hazardous or harmful drinkers”.

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1 in 3 small music venues at risk according to research 22nd February 2018

New research has suggested that one in three small live music venues face closing due to noise complaints and high business rates.

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Gambling Operator fined for breach of gambling regulations 21st February 2018

William Hill has been fined £6.2 million by the Gambling Commission for breach of anti-money laundering and social responsibility regulations.

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Council revoke personal licence 21st February 2018

A local authority has revoked the personal licence of a man who was issued with a Civil Penalty Notice.

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Private Hire Licences Revoked in Hyndburn 15th February 2018

Two private hire drivers have had their licences revoked in Hyndburn.

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Trefeglwys man fined for licensing breaches 9th February 2018

A north Powys man has been prosecuted by the county council for driving a private hire vehicle without the necessary licences.

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Council's intended use policy quashed by High Court 8th February 2018

A policy introduced by a local authority seeking to restrict the movements of private hire vehicles licenced by it has been ruled unlawful.

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Government launches call for evidence on ban third party puppy sales 8th February 2018

A proposed ban on third party puppy sales will form part of the Government’s plans to overhaul animal welfare laws.

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Business granted “shadow” licence in Nottingham despite objections 7th February 2018

A Nottingham business have been successful in obtaining a “shadow” licence in the city’s cumulative impact area despite strong local objections.

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Three more Private Hire drivers fined for illegally plying for hire in Milton Keynes 7th February 2018

A joint enforcement operation carried out in July & September 2017 has seen 3 private hire cab drivers convicted of picking up passengers illegally.

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Multi-agency ‘day of action’ cracks down on illegal activity in Craven 7th February 2018

Officers from Craven District Council joined forces with police and a range of other agencies on Friday February 2 to check a number of businesses for any illegal activit

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Local consultation supports proposed changes to licensing of taxi and private hire vehicles 5th February 2018

Woking Borough Council has launched a consultation on revisions to its taxi & PH licensing policy.

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“Lucy’s Law” – Puppy Farming and Licensing Dog Sales - An Update 2nd February 2018

The high profile media campaign promoting “Lucy’s Law” has now drawn significant interest and the issues are being debated nationally.

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Sarah Clover on the "Agent of Change principle" 2nd February 2018

An update from Sarah Clover to establish the correct facts on the so-called Agent of Change principle.

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Institute of Licensing consults on draft Guidance on determining the suitability of applicants and licensees in the hackney carriage and private hire trades 1st February 2018

The Institute of Licensing is consulting on its proposed Guidance on determining the suitability of applicants and licensees in the hackney and private hire trades.

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Four Private Hire drivers fined for illegally plying for hire 1st February 2018

An enforcement operation carried out by Milton Keynes & South Northants Taxi Enforcement Teams saw four private hire drivers were convicted for illegally plying for hire.

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National charity launch taxi safety campaign 31st January 2018

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust has launched a campaign to get the government to implement national standards for taxi and private hire licensing.

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Licence application for "UK’s first" 24 hour chip shop refused 31st January 2018

A licensing sub committee has refused an application for a fish and chip shop to operate ‘round the clock’.

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England MUP debate in House of Commons 31st January 2018

A House of Commons committee has debated the case for a minimum unit price for alcohol in England.

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Taxi safeguarding Bill published 29th January 2018

A Private Member’s Bill seeking to introduce new rules to improve taxi safeguarding procedures has been published.

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Incompetence by kennel owner resulted in horrific attack on family pets 26th January 2018

A former kennel owner has been spared jail after admitting failings which led to the fatal mauling of one pet dog and the serious injury of another.

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EPC launch SAG Good Practice Guide review 26th January 2018

The Emergency Planning College has launched its 2018 SAG guidance review.

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Driver who posed as his brother jailed 26th January 2018

A taxi driver has been jailed for more than two years after impersonating his brother to get a licence and carrying out hundreds of jobs while disqualified.

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A Reading man has been convicted of driving a school transport vehicle without the proper licence 26th January 2018

Neil Stock, of Oxford Road, was ordered to pay more than £300 in financial penalties after appearing before Reading Magistrates Court last week.

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Rogue taxi driver taken off the road 26th January 2018

An illegal taxi driver who was prolifically operating without a licence has been fined £870 and banned from driving for 12 months.

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Trade bodies to merge to create UK Hospitality 23rd January 2018

Plans to merge the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) and the British Hospitality Association (BHA) have been confirmed.

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Taxi driver found guilty of refusing to take blind man and his guide dog 23rd January 2018

A taxi driver operating in Sandwell has been found guilty of refusing to take a blind man and his guide dog.

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Immigration checks guidance updated 23rd January 2018

Gidance on the implementation of the Immigration Act 2016 has been updated to reflect recent changes to booking office licences in Scotland.

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Commission publish updated LCCP 18th January 2018

The Gambling Commission has published its latest licence conditions and codes of practice (LCCP) update.

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IoL has given verbal evidence to the Ministerial Working Party on Taxis 17th January 2018

Jim Button, IoL President attended a meeting of the Ministerial Working Party on Taxis on 16th January to provide evidence and answer questions.

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Drinkaware research reveals worrying levels of drinking alcohol to cope 17th January 2018

New research from alcohol education charity Drinkaware shows that almost three in five (58%) of all people (aged 18-75) who drink alcohol are doing so to help them cope.

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Unlicensed taxi driver pays penalty after being caught red-handed 17th January 2018

An unlicensed taxi driver has been given six penalty points and fined £250 after unwittingly asking council enforcement officers if they needed a ride.

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Penalty points and fine for unlicensed taxi driver in North West Leicestershire 17th January 2018

An unlicensed taxi driver has been given six penalty points and fined £250 after unwittingly asking council enforcement officers if they needed a ride.

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DEFRA consults on animal licensing regulation costs 9th January 2018

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is consulting with local authorities on the cost of implementing new animal licensing regulations.

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Basic Disclosure Update 9th January 2018

An update on the news article on 19th December 2018 regarding Basic Disclosures

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Retailers and academics join government effort to tackle acid attacks 9th January 2018

Some of the country’s largest retailers and independent business leaders have pledged not to sell the most harmful corrosive substances to those under 18.

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Bogus taxi driver fined and disqualified from driving 9th January 2018

A Wealden man who was operating an un-licensed taxi service has been fined £4,700 and disqualified from driving for 18 months.

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Extended opening hours for pubs expected for Royal wedding 8th January 2018

The Government has indicated that it may extend opening hours for licensed venues for the up and coming Royal wedding.

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Airport may face premises alcohol licensing restrictions 8th January 2018

The Government has announced that it is considering imposing licensing restrictions on the sale of alcohol in airports.

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Air Weapons Licensing Consultation 7th January 2018

The Home Office is seeking the views of interested parties as part of the air weapons review in England and Wales.

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Casino licence challenge fails 5th January 2018

A challenge to the awarding of a casino licence by Southampton Council has failed.

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Late-night levies 'hugely disappointing' according to report 5th January 2018

Income generated by levies in England have been branded as “hugely disappointing”.

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Consultation about the future of London at night 4th January 2018

The Chair of the London Night Time Commission, is inviting responses to a consultation on the future of London’s night time economy.

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New National Pubwatch film - Drugs and Pubs 1st January 2018

National PubWatch has announced the launch of it's latest film – ‘Drugs and Pubs’; which has been made in collaboration with BBPA.

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Jeremy Phillips Awarded Silk 1st January 2018

The Queen has accepted the recommendation of the Lord Chancellor that Jeremy Phillips be appointed Queen's Counsel.

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House of Lords debate Government response re Licensing Act review 27th December 2017

The House of Lords have debated the Government’s response to the post legislative review report of the Select Committee.

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CPS discontinue Uber prosecution 26th December 2017

A trade association has failed in its attempt to bring a private prosecution against a licensed private hire drive who drove using the Uber app.

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Private Hire Operators Awarded in East Riding of Yorkshire 26th December 2017

Five private hire operator firms have become the first in the East Riding to gain a five star status in a scheme designed to promote public safety and raise standards.

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New guidance on the use of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 26th December 2017

New guidance on the use of anti-social behaviour powers has been issued aimed at police and councils.

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Disclosure Scotland - Basic Disclosure Applications 19th December 2017

From 3 Jan 2018 applicants in England & Wales will no longer be able to apply to Disclosure Scotland

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HMRC consulting on tax obligations as licence conditions 18th December 2017

HMRC consultation proposes tax obligations be a condition of some licences.

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Councils’ Air Quality Incentive scheme for taxi operators 15th December 2017

Southampton City and Eastleigh Borough Councils launch Low Emission Taxi Incentive Scheme.

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Alcohol Focus Scotland want clearer direction for licensing system 15th December 2017

New report claims action needed to ensure licensing works more effectively to protect people and communities from alcohol-related harm.

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Taxi fares to be reduced in Guildford 13th December 2017

In November last year, the Council's proposal to reduce taxi fares was postponed as a result of a judicial review challenge from the taxi trade.

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Home Office publishes report following the review of the Scrap Metal Act 2013 11th December 2017

Report concludes that Act has improved regulation of the scrap metal industry.

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Minimum alcohol pricing ‘won’t hit the price of your pint’ 11th December 2017

Alcohol Concern Cymru has published figures showing that the proposed minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol will not put up the price of a pint in pubs.

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Taxi driver guilty of illegally plying for hire 7th December 2017

A private hire taxi driver licensed by Woking Borough Council has been found guilty of illegally plying for hire in Guildford town centre.

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Fares Fair R (Rostron) v Guildford Borough Council 6th December 2017

A High Court challenge to hackney carriage fares set by Guildford Borough Council has been dismissed.

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Craven District Council wins court case against taxi driver 5th December 2017

Craven District Council has succeeded in revoking a taxi driver’s licence after his appeal was dismissed at Skipton Magistrates Court.

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Drinkaware - supporting operators to minimise alcohol harms 1st December 2017

Drinkaware is helping licensees across the country to minimise the risk of alcohol related harms in their pubs, clubs and bars.

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Taxi driver prevents abduction of 13 year old girl 1st December 2017

A taxi driver from Oxfordshire has received national praise for his actions that saved a young girl from being abducted.

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Scotland consults on MUP 1st December 2017

The Scottish Government has opened a consultation on its plans to introduce a minimum alcohol price.

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Southwark win Rock Island Appeal 24th November 2017

The London Borough of Southwark has successfully fought off a challenge regarding operating hours and conditions.

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Judgement relating to evidence in special treatment closure orders 23rd November 2017

This case from November 2016 is a useful reference when considering websites for evidential purposes in cases relating to sexual services.

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Milton Keynes Council v Skyline Taxis – First Deregulation Act case 22nd November 2017

The case of Milton Keynes Council v Skyline Taxis is believed to be the first case of its kind since the Deregulation Act came into force.

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Jeremy Allen Award winner 2017 announced 21st November 2017

We are delighted to announce Claire Perry is the winner of the 2017 Jeremy Allen Award.

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Andy Eaton welcomed as a Fellow to the Institute of Licensing 17th November 2017

In recognition of significant achievement in his field, Andy Eaton has been welcomed as a Fellow to the Institute of Licensing.

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The Institute of Licensing welcomes Jeremy Phillips as a Fellow 17th November 2017

Jeremy Phillips is awarded Fellowship of the Institute of Licensing.

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Court of Appeal dismisses challenge to festivals in parks 16th November 2017

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a challenge to the ability of local authorities to hold music and other festivals in parks.

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Drinkaware at Work: supporting operators to ‘look after their own’ 15th November 2017

During Alcohol Awareness Week , alcohol education charity Drinkaware is encouraging hospitality operators to ‘look after their own’ as well as their customers.

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Gambling Commission lays out plans for fairer and safer gambling 15th November 2017

The Gambling Commission has today unveiled a new strategy which will help shape a well-regulated gambling market that works for consumers.

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Supreme Court hands down judgement in Scottish MUP case 15th November 2017

The Supreme Court has handed down its judgement on the Scottish Government’s plans to implement a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol in Scotland.

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Gala Interactive to pay penalty following social responsibility failures 7th November 2017

Gala Interactive (Gala) will pay £2.3m for breaching regulations which protect consumers.

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London Night Czar publish licensing guidance 7th November 2017

London’s Night Czar, Amy Lame, has published guidance aimed at protecting, supporting and sustaining the London’s night-time venues.

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London Borough will not adopt levy 7th November 2017

A London borough has resolved not to adopt a late night levy in its area.

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Government publish response to the report from the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003 6th November 2017

Government response to the House of Lords Select Committee report on the review of the Licensing Act 2003 has now been published.

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Immigration raids across Reading find firms exploiting illegal workers 2nd November 2017

Illegal workers have been apprehended at 16 Reading businesses in the last six months.

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Driver Pleads Guilty To Illegally Plying For Hire In Hyndburn 2nd November 2017

Hyndburn Council has successfully prosecuted a driver for illegally picking up passengers.

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Government consults on reducing FOTB stakes 31st October 2017

The Government has today launched a consultation on proposals to reduce the maximum stake on some fixed odd betting terminals (FOBTs).

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Institute writes to Government to highlight failure in taxi licensing system 27th October 2017

The IoL has written to the Government to raise concerns about failings in the taxi and private hire licensing system that is putting public safety at risk.

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BIS appoints deputy pubs code adjudicator 27th October 2017

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills have appointed a deputy pubs code adjudicator.

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Supreme Court rules on “dishonesty” in gambling 27th October 2017

The Supreme Court has handed down a ruling that has implications for long held definition of “dishonesty”.

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Bob Bennett wins the Jeremy Allen Award 2016 18th November 2016

Bob Bennett is the winner of the Jeremy Allen Award 2016 which was announced at the 20th annual Gala Dinner.

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