Local Government

Significant change: Poppleston Allen looks at the agent-of-change principle

Agent-of-change principle could hit the right note

By Poppleston Allen

There have been numerous press reports over the years regarding the closure of live music venues and the impact upon not only local communities, but also the British music industry itself.

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.

Wealth of knowledge: new BBN chairman Philip Smith

Best Bar None appoints new chairman

By Georgina Townshend

Best Bar None (BBN) has revealed its new chairman will be Philip Smith – Lord Smith of Hindhead – as the initiative moves to its next stage of growth and development.

Assessing change: what are the odds the Lords' Licensing Act proposals will happen?

Lords’ Licensing Act Review: what are the odds for change?

By Claire Churchard

It’s more than a month since The House of Lords select committee published proposals for a “major overhaul” of the 2003 Licensing Act. But how many of the Lords’ recommendations are likely to be implemented by the next Government?

Next move: industry welcomes second phase of alcohol-related harm areas programme

Industry welcomes second phase of the local alcohol action areas

By Helen Gilbert

The industry has welcomed the second phase of the local alcohol action areas (LAAAs) programme aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm, crime and disorder, which the Home Office said costs England and Wales an estimated £11bn per year.

Understanding: Poppleston Allen advise on the local council's licensing policy

Legal advice

How to understand local council's statement of licensing policy

By Poppleston Allen

A local authority's statement of licensing policy (SOLP) outlines the licensing information in the area and can affect a premises under the council's care. Legal experts, Poppleston Allen give advice on how to understand the statement.

Protected: the Alchemist in Battersea was ordered to be rebuilt after it was demolished last year

Wandsworth

Analysis: Wandsworth's pub protection should set a precedent

By Nikkie Sutton

Wandsworth Council has taken the first new step in a bid to stop pubs being changed from their original use without council approval. Here, we look at what the move means and whether it is the silver bullet needed to save pubs. Nikkie Sutton reports.

What if your hands are ACV tied?

Legislation

What if your hands are ACV tied?

By James Evison

The listing of pubs as assets of community value (ACVs) has caused controversy in the trade. The latest figures from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) show 1,500 pubs across the country now have the status. But what can you do if your pub is listed as...

Call on your MP for roadworks help

Works Must Pay campaign

Call on your MP for roadworks help

By Oli Gross

The Publican’s Morning Advertiser (PMA) is stepping up its roadworks compensation campaign for pubs. Oli Gross reports.

Council set to scrap late-night levy

Councils

Council set to scrap late-night levy

By Nikkie Sutton

Cheltenham Borough Council moving towards the introduction of a Business Improvement District (BID) charge instead of the late-night levy in the town.

Publican Awards 2016: Best managed pub company (51+ sites)

Publican Awards 2016: Best managed pub company (51+ sites)

By James Evison

Having pulled off the deal of the decade to merge with Spirit, Greene King continued that success by snaring the title of Large Managed Pub Company of the Year at the Publican Awards, sponsored by CPL Training Group.

Columbo group co-founder Steve Ball said councils should try and rejuvenate, not regulate, areas

Councils

Calls to limit pub numbers slammed

By Emily Sutherland

Calls to give local authorities greater powers to limit the number of pubs and bars in areas where they are concerned about health risks have been criticised by operators.

Nine in 10 councils want more powers to curb pub openings

Nine in 10 councils want more powers to curb pub openings

By M&C Allegra

Nine out of 10 councils want to the Licensing Act to be strengthened to “help curb the saturation of communities with pubs, clubs and off-licences selling alcohol”, according to the Local Government Association.

Food safety concerns are likely to get worse, says FSA report

Food safety

Consumers' health 'put at risk' through Government budget cuts

By Nicholas Robinson

Complaints from consumers about food quality and safety have reached a high following Government budget cuts to local authorities, which has resulted in councils failing to carry out enough food safety inspections, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has...

The Star Inn will become a Co-op

Legislation

Pub stripped of ACV status to become Co-op store

By Emily Sutherland

A Surrey pub that was stripped of its asset of community value status in September will be turned in to a Co-op after Woking Borough Council approved an application for change of use.

ACV roundtable: Government announces probe into issue

Exclusive

ACV roundtable: Government announces probe into issue

By Emily Sutherland

The Department for Communities & Local Government will launch a consultation into assets of community value legislation before the end of the year, the Publican's Morning Advertiser understands at its exclusive ACV roundtable.

Call for an end to 24-hour licensing

Licensing

Call for an end to 24-hour licensing

By Emily Sutherland

Staff from across all three emergency services have attacked 24-hour licensing, calling for a return to old pub licensing hours amid increasing concerns about the “huge strain” alcohol is putting on police, ambulance staff and firefighters.

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.

The roundtable will be hosted at the Antwerp Arms in north London

ACVs

PMA to host pub ACV roundtable debate

By Mike Berry

The PMA has teamed up with the Parliamentary Save the Pub Group to co-host a roundtable debate on the value of ACV listings to the trade.

Councils will now be able to keep all of the money raised from business rates

Business rates

Business rate changes labelled 'unhelpful'

By Emily Sutherland

Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement that uniform business rates will be scrapped and councils allowed to keep all the proceeds has been labelled ‘unhelpful’ by trade bodies.

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.

Steve Culverhouse advises on the asset of community value process

ACV

Navigating the ACVs minefield

By Steve Culverhouse

Former licensee Steve Culverhouse who runs www.change-of-use.com talks the PMA through everything publicans need to know if they're unhappy with a listing. 

Cheltenham is one of seven councils to have introduced a late-night levy

Licensing

Trade figures call for review of late-night levy

By Mike Berry

Senior trade figures have called on the new government to review the late-night levy (LNL) following the release of figures revealing that Cheltenham Borough Council has raised less than half the money expected from the fee and that one in five licensed...

'Tinkering with who gets what might be the subject of political manipulation with no government control'

Beware tinkering with business rates

By David Morgan

Adopting the results of an LGA survey that calls for more powers for local councils must be treated with caution, says David Morgan, director at Morgan & Clarke chartered surveyors