Local Authorities

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

Legislation

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.