Further to our recent article, the Government has now published the explanatory document for the legislative reform order.


The Local Government Association has launched a scheme, the local government open data incentive scheme, that provides monetary incentives for councils to publish data on specific themes in standard tabular formats.


The themes from for this year are:


  • Planning applications
  • Premises licences, and
  • Public toilets.


The Home Office has today (21/7/14) published the statutory guidance to accompany the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act sections of which are due to commence in October 2014.


An amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill has been proposed to make it an offence to assault a worker who is required to enforce or comply with the Licensing Act 2003, either in the course of that worker’s employment or by reason of that worker’s employment.


The Legislative Reform (Entertainment Licensing) Order 2014The Legislative Reform Order to amend the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 in respect of entertainment licensing was laid before Parliament on 8 July 2014 and comes into force on 6th April 2015.

Industry pledge to tackle irresponsible drinking The Home Office has today announced that new pledges have been made as part of the industry’s continuing commitment to the government’s Public Health Responsibility Deal – building on its progress towards removing one billion units from the market and responsible labelling.


The industry’s pledges include:


Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (Betting Shops) BillFurther to the Government’s earlier announcement on plans to kerb the proliferation of High Street betting shops, a Private Members' Bill, Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (Betting Shops) Bill, was introduced yesterday.


Government Response to Lotteries Consultation The Government has today (8 July) issued a response to its previous consultation on proposed deregulation of Incidental Non Commercial, Private Society, Work and Residents’ Lotteries.

At a recent Institute of Licensing event, the Home Office has admitted that they may not be able to enact the necessary legislation in time to remove the need to renew personal licences.

The Government’s current proposals to remove the need to renew personal licences are set out in the Deregulation Bill.

Readers will recall the High Court case of Aylesbury Vale DC v Call a Cab last year.

Briefly, in 2012 Aylesbury Vale DC prosecuted Call a Cab for acting as a private hire operator without a licence from the district council together with Mr Raja, for aiding and abetting the commission of the offences.


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