Local Authorities

Potential impact: The Morning Advertiser delves into the legal implications should pubs break lockdown rules, which could result in large fines

What happens if you open your pub during lockdown?

By Nikkie Thatcher

With a spate of pubs hitting the headlines for breaching coronavirus restrictions, The Morning Advertiser takes a look at the potential impact on licensees if they break lockdown rules.

Marcus Jones: Pace is

Minister puts pressure on local authorities over rate relief

By Michelle Perrett

Local authorities have come under pressure to provide rate relief to pubs after the parliamentary under-secretary of state for Communities and Local Government and ex-pubs minister Marcus Jones said the pace had “not been acceptable”.

Rates relief help: DCLG has issued 'clear guidance' to local authorities

Government praised for ‘positive’ rates relief push

By Georgina Townshend

The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has issued “clear guidance” to local authorities to help speed up the business rates relief  process for pubs after industry bodies repeatedly flagged concerns about payment delays.

FHRS: pubs can be charged for re-inspections

Pubs charged for food hygiene re-inspections

By Nicholas Robinson

Pubs could be made to pay for requested re-inspections of their businesses under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS), the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced.

Queen's speech outlines new laws affecting pubs


Queen's speech outlines new laws affecting pubs

By Oli Gross

The Queen confirmed the Government’s intention to devolve powers to councils in her speech today, with local authorities' retention of business rates set to be enshrined by legislation.

Food law prosecution database is six months old

Food safety

'Speedier fines' for law-breaking food businesses

By Nicholas Robinson

Law-breaking food businesses, including pubs, could expect speedier fines and prosecutions as a result of the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) food law prosecution database and a strategy to improve the organisation’s digital technology.

Late night levies not impact police crime figures in Newcastle

Late night levies

Crime figures 'not impacted by LNLs'

By Emily Sutherland

Late night levies (LNLs) have yet to have a significant impact on reducing alcohol-related crime, according to figures released by local councils.

Figures show nearly half of all community bids for ACV-listed properties have been unsuccessful

Call for Government to further strengthen ACV planning laws

By Ellie Bothwell

The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee has called on the Government to increase the moratorium on the sale of a pub listed as an asset of community value from six to nine months, after claiming that nearly half of all community bids for...

Alcohol-related crime has dropped dramatically since 2004

Alcohol-related crime has dropped 32% in past decade

By John Harrington, M&C Report

The public and police see local partnership schemes as key to cutting rates of alcohol-related crime that have fallen significantly in recent years, new research shows.

New research confirms 28 pubs are closing each week

CAMRA issues advice to councils on saving the British pub

By Ellie Bothwell

The Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) has published a series of recommendations outlining how local councils can take action to save pubs, following new research that confirms 28 pubs are closing each week.

Discretion: The previous legal regime was built around the issue of discretion

Licensing officers and the issue of 'discretion'

By Jonathan Smith

As a long-time licensing practitioner I still tend to make comparisons (though increasing less so) between the ‘new’ Licensing Act and the regime prior to 2005.

Matthew Moore, Reading Borough Council and Greene King head of business risk Mike Gore

Greene King seals deal with council

By Gurjit Degun

Greene King has appointed Reading Borough Council as its single point of contact for consultation with all councils on health and safety issues for its pubs.

Late night levy: police would receive extra funding

Trade bodies in late night levy talks

By Michelle Perrett

Pub trade bodies are meeting with Home Office officials and local authorities to discuss the implementation of the late-night levy (LNL) and early-morning restriction orders (EMROs).

Peter Coulson: 'No sensible person opposes controls on alcohol sales'

No opposition to re-balancing

By Peter Coulson

Successive governments have failed to find a competent solution to alcohol consumption at home and on the streets, writes Peter Coulson.

Late representations will no longer be allowed

No late licence complaints, says court

By Peter Coulson & Michelle Perrett

Local authorities are not able to accept late complaints from local residents on premises licences, a judgement in the Court of Appeal confirmed last...

Coulson: Not surprised by SIA removal

No surprise if the SIA is axed

By Peter Coulson

The threatened removal of the (SIA) is not surprising, but to suggest that the industry can police itself is scarcely credible, says Peter Coulson.

Home Office: IoL has sent department its results

Councils reject key licensing proposals

By John Harrington

Local authorities have rejected key parts of the Government's radical plans to overhaul licensing. Ninety licensing professionals — 68 of them...

The Queen: outlined Government plans

Queen's Speech: how it affects pubs

By Ewan Turney

A ban on the sale of below cost-alcohol and giving police extra powers to deal with problem premises are on the cards.

Alan Campbell

Councils shun ADZs one year on

By John Harrington

Powers to charge a disorder levy on pubs in hotspots have had zero take-up in the first year because councils already have enough powers, the...

Eliott: Pub is the HUb is doing excellent work

End the business rates stranglehold

By David Elliott

it's very disappointing that local authorities are adding significantly to the failure of pubs and small businesses, says Greene King Pub Partners managing director David Elliott.

Coulson: rules for resisting

Rules for resisting

By Peter Coulson

Peter Coulson looks at the "requirement" that the designated premises supervisor (DPS) should give a written delegation to all staff allowing them to sell alcohol.

No substitute for proper legislation

No substitute for proper legislation

By Peter Coulson

The revised statutory Guidance for local authorities issued under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003 last week, appears to have been one of the last acts of the outgoing minister at the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), Tessa Jowell.