MP and ALMR to meet minister over licensing shake-up

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Industry concerns over changes to the licensing regime will be presented to the Home Office today. Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland, chairman of the...

Industry concerns over changes to the licensing regime will be presented to the Home Office today.

Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group and Kate Nicholls, head of communications at the ALMR, are to put their case to the Home Office later today.

They will meet with Home Office minister James Brokenshire, who is responsbile for overseeing the controversial changes, due to be in place by November 2011.

The changes include giving more power to licensing authorities over decisions, allowing councils to charge a late-night levy and increasing licence fees.

Mulholland said: "I applaud the efforts of the government in their attempts to tackle binge drinking and its association with anti-social behaviour and the Save the Pub Group is keen to work alongside them to make sure this is done in a way that doesn't harm responsible businesses, like community pubs.

"It is important that local pubs have adequate representation during this consultation and that is what the Save the Pub group and ALMR are hoping to provide.

"We must remember community pubs provide a resource to responsible drinkers who spend a quiet evening down the pub, create jobs and income and must not be adversely affected by incoming legislation."

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