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”.
Licensees should contact their local authorities if they have not had information about the £1,000 rates relief promised by Chancellor Philip Hammond, the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has said.
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.
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?
The chair of the House of Lords inquiry into the Licensing Act 2003 has described the legislation as “fundamentally flawed”, and a number of proposals have been made to fix it in a report published today (4 April).
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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...