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?