JG&P, Monthly Licensing Update

By | February 7, 2018
John Gaunt and Partners

Welcome to our Licensing Update

Please note some of these issues have been posted during the last month


A Right Royal Knees Up? Home Office Launch Royal Wedding Consultation 

A four week consultation was launched by the Home Office on plans to allow Licensed Premises to open on the nights of Friday the 18th May and Saturday the 19th May until 1am. The consultation is now closed and it is widely expected that the proposed extensions will be granted.Read more here

PASS Card Update

On the 17th January PASS (Proof of Age Standard Scheme) launched an updated card format which includes the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) logo plus the logo of the Security Industry Authority (SIA).Read more here

Merger to Create “Powerful Unified Voice” for the hospitality sector “UKHospitality” 

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) and British Hospitality Association (BHA) have revealed their plans to merge and create a new trade body named “UKHospitality”.  The proposed merger is to be voted upon at an EGM of the ALMR on the 21 February 2018.Read more here

Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing – Select Committee scrutiny 

The Committee heard evidence focused on the potential impact an Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) could have on health, healthcare, the criminal justice system
and any cross border implications posed by decisions of the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments.

A report of the Evidence heard by the committee can be found here. We will await any further analysis or recommendations from them as a result.

MP’s back Agent of Change Bill 

At its first reading on the 10th January 2018, the House of Commons gave approval to the Planning ( Agent of Change) Bill.  The proposed legislation would require property developers to take into account pre-existing businesses, like music venues, before proceeding with a project.Read more here

Consultation On The Future Of London At Night 

The London Night Time Commission consultation has had its deadline for submissions extended until 10 a.m. on Tuesday 20th February.  Meanwhile it has been reported that Philip Kolvin QC has resigned as chair of Chair of the Night Time Commission.Read more here

Food Hygiene Prosecution 

A Birmingham restaurant learned an expensive lesson in relation to food hygiene when it was fined £50,000 by Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.  They had adopted the use of wooden boards as is currently popular in substitution for plates. However, due to repeated use those boards had fallen into a condition whereby they could not be effectively cleaned and indeed the Inspectors stated in evidence that they were incapable of being cleaned.Read more here

The 15th National Pubwatch Conference – Tuesday 27th February 2018 

The 15th National Pubwatch Conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nottingham on Tuesday 27th February

Read more here

Liverpool Council first to debate benefits of Minimum Unit Pricing of Alcohol? 

A special health summit looking at the effects of Alcohol took place in Liverpool last week.  Liverpool Council were to meet with Public Health officials, the NHS and Alcohol Charities to discuss a plan for Alcohol in the City. One of the main discussion points is minimum unit pricing:Read more here

Short changed on a coffee? 

In case of passing interest…  It is being reported from the USA that a class-action lawsuit accusing Starbucks of under filling lattes has been thrown out by a judge in Oakland, California.  The US district judge found insufficient evidence that Starbucks “cheated” customers by under filling lattes by making its cups too small, using “fill-to” lines on baristas’ pitchers that are too low, and instructing baristas to skimp on ingredients, such as by leaving a quarter-inch of space on top of the drinks.  The judge also said foam counted as part of the drink’s volume (similar in part to the froth on a pint of beer here, as long as within limits).Read more here

Gambling – Betting shops: licensing and planning issues – a briefing document

This House of Commons Library briefing paper looks at licensing and planning issues relating to betting shops in Great Britain.  There are some 8,500 betting shops in Great Britain (Gambling Commission statistics, November 2017).  The briefing document can be found here: ‘Betting shops: licensing and planning issues’

Gambling – Commission launches new consultation on LCCPs 

The Gambling Commission have today launched a new Consultation regarding the LCCPs.  The proposed changes can be found here (which are tracked in the consultation document).  The stated aim of the changes is to make clearer requirements that operators are fair and open with consumers.

The Commission’s proposals are stated to be founded upon evidence of potential harm or unfair treatment of consumers, concerns about lack of compliance with consumer protection legislation, declining public trust in gambling, and concerns about the impact of gambling on children and young or vulnerable people.Read more here

And finally…

Upcoming opportunities

In a new feature, we look ahead to the next few months to highlight some one-off events that may be beneficial to your operation:

  • Winter Olympics – between 9 and 25 February in Pyeongchang, South Korea (GMT +9) followed by the Winter Paralympics from 9 to 18 March.
  • Easter Weekend – Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April.
  • Anthony Joshua’s unification fight against Joseph Parker has now been set for 31 March in Cardiff.
  • Royal Wedding on the 19 May (see above)

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