JG & Partners, National Minimum Wage Details & Month Licensing Newsletter

By | October 2, 2013

National Minimum Wage (NMW) increases take effect today

Posted: 30 Sep 2013 05:00 PM PDT

From 1 October 2013, NMW increases take effect:

  • the adult rate (21 year olds and over) will increase by 12p to £6.31 an hour
  • the rate for 18-20 year olds will increase by 5p to £5.03 an hour
  • the rate for 16-17 year olds will increase by 4p to £3.72 an hour
  • the apprenticeship rate will increase by 3p to £2.68 an hour

the accommodation offset increases from the current £4.82 to £4.91.

John Gaunt & Partners Monthly Licensing UpdatePosted: 30 Sep 2013 05:00 PM PDT

 

Welcome to our September licensing updateThe below represents a summary of the principal matters posted to our website over the past month.

Quite a bit over a variety of areas and so we hope that there may be something of interest to you.

As usual, the current position on EMROs and the Levy are at the foot of this email. But please note that the Plymouth Levy consultation closes this week – more detail below.

On to the news……

 

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e-cigarettes – the industry view?We are seeking to establish the industry view on allowing the use of e-cigarettes within licensed premises. To participate in our simple survey, please click on the link below. It will take no more than 20 seconds.

» To participate please click here

 

National Minimum Wage (NMW) increases take effect todayFor the new and current rates please click here

 

Government reveals consultation into Personal LicencesThe Government has launched a consultation on the possible abolition of personal licences, something upon which all sides of the industry appear sceptical.

» Read Full Story

 

‘Tinseltown’ to the fore!This important decision continues to impact where there is not scrupulous adherence to the required formalities – particularly any failure of the authorities on a review application.

» Read Full Story

 

Minimum pricing – ‘voluntary’ in Newcastle?Newcastle appear to be trying to introduce MUP on a local basis, the legality of which may be questionable.

» Read Full Story

 

Bath – Alcohol Harm Scrutiny DayOn 10 October 2013 the local council will host a scrutiny enquiry day to allow Councillors to examine existing evidence and hear from officers and stakeholders on works which may prevent and reduce the impact of the misuse of alcohol.

» Read Full Story

 

Judicial Review: proposals for further reformFollowing on from the consultation ‘Judicial Review – Proposals for Reform’, which ran from December 2012 to January 2013 see our article – ‘Planning: Judicial Review – Summer 2013 amendments to reduce planning delays‘. The latest consultation sets out further proposals and areas in which action might be taken and on which the Government seeks views.

» Read Full Story

 

Fake ID – a useful resource?Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board has produced a useful and interesting factsheet on the use of false ID, in part directed at those who may be tempted to use such and the possible consequences of so doing.

» Read Full Story

 

PwC 2014 Hotels Forecast just releasedThe PwC Hospitality and Leisure Practice ‘Hotels Forecast for 2014’ has just been released and a copy can be found below, in case of interest.

» Read Full Story

 

Scotland & Gambling News
Scotland – changes to acceptable forms of ID from 1 October 2013These proposals extend beyond just ‘plastic glasses as the new policy will also allow pubs and clubs to sell alcohol earlier and for longer on Sundays with the general restriction from noon until midnight on Sundays, being amended to 11am until 1am the following day.

» Read More

 

Scotland – Highland – Board drops proposal for the use of plastic ‘glasses’ in all pubs – and more….These proposals extend beyond just ‘plastic glasses as the new policy will also allow pubs and clubs to sell alcohol earlier and for longer on Sundays with the general restriction from noon until midnight on Sundays, being amended to 11am until 1am the following day.

» Read More

 

Scotland: Licensing Bill – Programme for Government 2013-14For detail of the latest proposals to re-refine the licensing laws in Scotland please follow link below.

» Read More

 

Gaming – Triennial review of stakes and prize levelsWe have previously reported in June on the Gambling Commission recommendations to the government on stake and prize levels on gaming machines. See below for the latest position.

» Read More

 

Gambling – Test purchasing in gambling premiseWe reported on the recent test purchase operation undertaken by the Gambling Commission in the Kirklees area.

Read more about the state aims below.

» Read More

 

Primary Gambling activity in betting officesA recent decision by a High Court Judge has provided some guidance on the long running saga of primary gambling activity in betting offices.

» Read More

 

Proposed changes to codes of practice for all gambling operatorsA consultation has been opened concerning proposed amendments to the LCCP for all operators in the gambling industry. The consultation closes on 4th December.

» Read More

 

EMROs and LNLs
EMROs and the Late Night Levy – updatesA number of Councils are at various stages of consideration or pre-consideration of proposals for an EMRO and/or Late Night Levy and we will keep you updated. However specific developments of which you may wish to be aware, follow…

 

 

Blackpool – proposed EMROAs previously reported , the intended hearing on 4 and 5 September did not take place and a date will be fixed in due course for a hearing of up to 5 days, convenient or as convenient to as many as possible.

 

 

Norwich – 3 possible EMRO areas This consultation has now closed

» Read More

 

Ormskirk (West Lancashire) – proposed EMRO Against the report recommendation it has been decided to proceed with a formal consultation on the adoption of a possible EMRO and funding for a formal consultation now approved.

» Read More

 

Harrow – proposed ‘limited’ EMROThis is for a limited ‘Christmas’ EMRO. The consultation has now expired.

» Read More

 

Chesterfield not pursuing an EMRO – just yet» Read More

 

Newcastle – LNL approvedWith an implementation date of 1 November 2013, time is now running for operators affected to put in their ‘free of council fee’ variation application to avoid the levy being charged. If you would like to make such an application please contact partner Kate Redford for details of our concessionary rates for the necessary application.

» Contact Kate Here

 

Milton Keynes to adopt levy after all – the importance of trade engagement?Milton Keynes Licensing Authority has overturned the sub-committee recommendation not to introduce a Late Night Levy and a levy across the MK area will now be introduced from 1 May 2014.

» Read More

 

Tameside – LNL consultation launched The consultation which can be found HERE commenced on 13 August 2013 and runs until Tuesday 5 November 2013.

» Read More

 

York – LNL consultation launchedThis closes 31 October and more detail can be found below.

» Read More

 

Plymouth – LNL consultation launched The consultation closes 5 October 2013 and can be found HERE.

» Read More

 

City of London – proposed LNL consultation about to close This consultation has now closed.

» Read More

 

Cheltenham – LNL consultation now closed  

 

Woking – LNL consultation now closed  

 

 

 

And finally…. It is not too late to get one of the remaining copies of our 2013 Little Book of Licensing Tips.

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