The reality of local government is one of no money and diminishing resources where officers are expected to carefully think about how and where they spend their time. Within this context, can councils afford to continue to provide discretionary services for free if those discretionary services do take up substantial time and can be charged for?
The non-statutory supporting guidance was issued last year and is considered (by the Home Office at least) to be good practice which broadly reflects the s.182 guidance and covers conditions relating to:
In an eagerly anticipated judgement that will provide great relief to licensing authorities up and down the country, Mr Justice Ouseley and Lord Justice Treacy ruled that a single breach of a procedural requirement upon which a prosecution depends does not automatically mean that prosecution will fail.
The LGA has launched a consultation on its draft licensing fee guidance. The draft guidance aims to help councils understand the full breadth of issues that should be considered when setting local licence fees in order to meet legal obligations, ensure licensing services are risk based and focused on local need and pr
The Home Office has written to Local Authority Chief Executives inviting expressions of interest to take part in a LAAA project which aims to offer up to 20 areas with high alcohol-related harms help with local initiatives over a 15 month period.
In September Ladbrokes applied to LB Hillingdon for a betting licence in the pedestrian centre of Uxbridge, adjacent to the underground station and the retail heart of the town. Hillingdon refused the licence based on a number of locational factors:
- that this was a high profile, pedestrian area extensively used by children;