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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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Four Private Hire drivers fined for illegally plying for hire 25th October 2017

Four private hire cab drivers were convicted at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court last Friday of picking up passengers illegally.

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Alcohol and late night refreshment licensing statistics 24th October 2017

The Home Office has published statistics realting to alcohol and late night refreshment licensing in England and Wales.

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Minimum Unit Pricing proposed for Wales 24th October 2017

The Welsh Assembly is to introduce proposals to introduce a minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol in Wales.

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Home Office to review air weapons regulation in England and Wales 13th October 2017

The government is to review the regulation of air weapons licensing, following a request from the Suffolk coroner.

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Eight out of ten people have little knowledge of what taxis and minicabs are legally allowed to do 13th October 2017

The majority of people could be at risk of using illegally operating or ‘fake’ vehicles because they have little knowledge of how taxis and private hire vehicles.

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High Court dismisses taxi livery challenge 12th October 2017

A High Court ruling has dismissed a local taxi driver’s appeal against the Council’s taxi livery policy.

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Two drivers plead guilty to illegally plying for hire in Cheltenham 11th October 2017

Cheltenham Borough Council has successfully prosecuted two drivers for illegally picking up passengers.

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Out of town cars among taxis caught with defects in taxi operation 11th October 2017

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

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Cab driver fined for illegally plying for hire 6th October 2017

A private hire cab driver was convicted at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court of picking up passengers illegally (blagging).

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The all party parliamentary group for the UK events industry 5th October 2017

The continuation of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the UK Events Industry has been formally confirmed by the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards

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GambleAware report is a "wake-up call" for the gambling industry 5th October 2017

A new GambleAware report shows gambling operators, across the industry, are poor at giving staff suitable training in how to promote safe gambling amongst customers.

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Driver revoked by Harlow continues to work under Epping licence 29th September 2017

A driver whose licence was revoked by Harlow council is continuing to work in Harlow under a hackney carriage drivers licence issued by Epping Forest.

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Institute calls for modernisation of taxi and private hire licensing laws 27th September 2017

The Institute of Licensing (IoL) has called on the Government to modernise taxi and private hire licensing laws.

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Task and Finish Group on Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing 26th September 2017

Further to our previous report on the creation of a working group, we can now provide a further update.

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London Borough of Tower Hamlets Full Council agree to Levy 26th September 2017

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets have ratified the implementation of a Late Night Levy on the 20th September 2017.

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Gambling Commission and IoL eLearning project 24th September 2017

The Institute of Licensing and Gambling Commission have jointly worked together to produce a series of 3 e-learning modules available to all.

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TfL Refuses to Renew Uber's licence 22nd September 2017

TfL's decision to refuse to renew the licence for Uber could have major implications outside of London. This article takes a detailed look at the story so far.

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Private hire to be star- rated 21st September 2017

Private hire firms in the East Riding are one of the first in the country to take part in a mandatory accreditation scheme.

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Alcohol Focus Scotland launch licensing resource pack 17th September 2017

Alcohol Focus Scotland has launched a new resource to assist Scottish authorities with the review of their licensing policy statements.

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MPs urge London Mayor not to renew Uber 14th September 2017

A number of MPs have written to the Mayor of London urging him not to renew Uber’s operating licence.

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Iconic London music venue successful in licensing appeal 14th September 2017

The London Borough of Camden conceded the appeal of Kate Fuller on behalf of the Electric Ballroom on Camden High Street.

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Fundraising Preference Service launched 8th September 2017

The Fundraising Preference Service (FPS) has now been launched to ensure that people can easily manage these communications.

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Taxi driver fined for illegally plying for hire 8th September 2017

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

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Cab drivers fined for illegally plying for hire 7th September 2017

two private hire cab drivers were convicted at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Cour tof picking up passengers illegally.

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LTDA write to TfL over illegal ridesharing firm launched in capital 7th September 2017

The London Taxi Drivers Association has written to Transport for London outlining alleged illegal practices by TaxiFY.

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DfT publish taxi & private hire statistics 7th September 2017

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Taxi driver jailed for rape 6th September 2017

A taxi driver who held a woman against her will and raped her has been found guilty.

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Gambling Commission: research shows more progress needed to tackle problem gambling 30th August 2017

Following new research published by the Gambling Commission, the regulator has called for a renewed focus on addressing the harms that can arise from problem gambling.

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Assessment of National Gambling Behaviour published 29th August 2017

The Gambling Commission has published a report which is the first comprehensive analysis of national gambling data since 2010.

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Minister launches new working group on taxis/ PHVs 29th August 2017

The Government has announced the creation of a new taxi & PH working group.

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Report on how pubs can win back drinkers have been published 29th August 2017

A new YouGov report explores the current push and pull factors behind home drinking, offering the on-trade insights to attract drinkers back into pubs and bars.

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Private hire driver fined for ‘plying to hire’ 28th August 2017

A private hire driver from Telford has been ordered to pay more than £900 after he was found guilty of illegally picking up a fare that had not been pre-booked.

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Five banned from central Birmingham bookies 21st August 2017

Five people have been banned from 24 betting shops across Birmingham city centre.

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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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