Manchester proposes ranking of 'problem' pubs

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The council claims a ranking system would 'allow more effective control'
The council claims a ranking system would 'allow more effective control'
Pubs in Manchester could be ranked on criteria such as the age of customers and the amount of seating — in a bid by local authorities to identify problem venues.

A report from Manchester City Council proposes forming a team to “take strong enforcement action against those breaching licence conditions or poorly managed premises”. This includes deciding whether to prosecute problematic premises or seek a review.

The team would look into developing a ranking system of licensed premises, using a series of indicators “such as young customer base and low ratio of seating in venues”. It has been based on models created by Liverpool John Moores University and Cardiff University.


A council report  claims the system means it “would not just be police data that was used to risk rate premises and therefore, in theory, premises would be visited/interventions put in place that would be preventative and therefore allow more effective control”.

Poppleston Allen solicitor Andy Grimsey said: “A system of inspections or ranking shouldn’t hide behind generalised statistics about the age profile or number of seats in a venue – these may of course be a factor but one would hope that the enforcement agencies have sufficient knowledge of their own area to be much more specific and targeted in their risk-assessment of potentially troublesome venues.

"Ultimately premises that don’t cause a problem should be given a light-touch inspection regime whereas premises that do should expect much more rigorous attention."

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