Licensing Act 2003
Further to our recent article, the Government has now published the explanatory document for the legislative reform order.
The Legislative Reform (Entertainment Licensing) Order Explanatory Document Published
The Home Office has today (21/7/14) published the statutory guidance to accompany the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act sections of which are due to commence in October 2014.
Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act Statutory Guidance Published
An amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill has been proposed to make it an offence to assault a worker who is required to enforce or comply with the Licensing Act 2003, either in the course of that worker’s employment or by reason of that worker’s employment.
New offence for assaults on workers selling alcohol
The Legislative Reform Order to amend the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 in respect of entertainment licensing was laid before Parliament on 8 July 2014 and comes into force on 6th April 2015.The Legislative Reform (Entertainment Licensing) Order 2014
At a recent Institute of Licensing event, the Home Office has admitted that they may not be able to enact the necessary legislation in time to remove the need to renew personal licences.
The Government’s current proposals to remove the need to renew personal licences are set out in the Deregulation Bill.Personal Licence Renewals – Deregulation may be too late
The draft amendment order, the Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Licensing Conditions) (Amendment) Order 2014, has been published that will bring into effect amendments to theLicensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Licensing Conditions) (Amendment) Order 2014
Many readers may be aware of Innsatiable in Farnham, a business primarily trading in furniture but where you can get “free” beer. For many years Innsatiable traded in this manner without an alcohol premises licence.
Business owner, Mr Atkins, said, "If they want to buy a beer mat they can buy a beer mat, if they want to buy our furniture they can buy our furniture."Furniture shop giving away “free” alcohol – Mag Court says No
Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe has today introduced in the House of Lords a Private Members’ Bill, the Licensing Act 2003 (Amendment) Bill.
The Bill seeks to make provision for the addition of a public health objective to the Licensing Act 2003.Current Awareness: Licensing Act 2003 (Amendment) Bill
Today saw the re-launch of PASS the Proof of Age Standards Scheme.PASS Re-launched
Following the coming into force of the Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Conditions) Order 2014, the Home Office has issued revised statutory guidance today.Revised S.182 Guidance Issued
In yet another Football World Cup related U-turn, the Government has now changed its mind to allow Welsh licensed premises to remain open for England’s world cup games.
Wales World Cup TENs – Notices and Forms
The Home Office has now confirmed that the World Cup licensing extension announced recently will not apply in Wales.
This week the Vale of Glamorgan MP Alun Cairns asked Home Office minister if he would consider allowing Wales the same dispensation.No World Cup Licensing Extension for Wales – Government Confirms
It has been reported that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which took over the powers of the Office of Fair Trading and the Competition Commission, said that local bans on high-strength and cheap alcohol “did not constitute a breach of competition law” provided they were based on local licensing rules or individual agreements between authorities and retailers.
Bans on high-strength, cheap booze not unlawful – CMA
An interesting licensing case in the Administrative Court recently.
The case concerned application for judicial review of a decision by Guildford Borough Council refusing to deal with an application for a minor variation.Breadth of discretion in respect of applications for Minor Variations – Admin Court
The draft order extending the licensing hours for England’s world cup games has been published. Subject to Parliamentary approval, the Order will come into effect on 12 June 2014.
The order will permitted extended licensing hours:
- From at 11pm on 14th June 2014 and ending at 1am on 15th June 2014;FIFA World Cup Licensing Hours Order Issued
It has been reported that the ban on the sale of alcohol below the cost of duty plus VAT, due to be implemented today, 6 April 2014, has been delayed.
Below Cost Ban – Implementation Delayed
The Home Office has published an update to the list of accredited personal licence qualification providers.
The CIEH has been added to the list to offer the Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders qualification.
The updated list of accredited training providers is:Update: Accredited personal licence qualification providers
Following the very short and recent Home Office consultation on proposals to relax licensing hours during the FIFA World Cup, the Government has now published its response.The relaxation of licensing hours during the FIFA World Cup: Government response
The Government has today published its response to an earlier consultation proposing to abolish personal licences.Abolition of Personal Licences – Government Response