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).