This month in summary
From 1 May 2018 every premises licence in Scotland will carry a new condition that sets a price below which alcohol cannot be sold. The price per unit fixed for implementation is 50p. The net result is, for example, a 700ml bottle of vodka with an ABV of 37.5% would have a minimum price of £13.13.
Licence holders should note that there is no "grace period". Therefore, products sold should have been MUP compliant from the start of licensed hours on Tuesday 1 May.
Guidance is available from the following sources:
Whilst the guidance is helpful, you should always seek independent legal advice so please speak to your licensing solicitor. Breach of the new MUP condition could result in prejudice to your licence and criminal prosecution.
Dumfries & Galloway has launched a full policy consultation, which closes 31 May. Views are sought from all stakeholders and you can view the documentation and comment online.
East Renfrewshire Licensing Board has launched an initial "informal consultation" on its current policy. Views are sought on all issues but, in particular, comments are requested around potential overprovision localities. The consultation closes on 10 May.
Late night operators are poised to benefit from the Night Time Industries Association's (NTIA) first Scottish event in May 2018 as the NTIA venture North of the Border.
Established as the voice for the sector, the NTIA has represented the trade in the rest of the UK to advocate the benefits of a safe and flourishing night time economy. For more information on the Scottish event contact the NTIA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As summer approaches, whether you are increasing staff to deal with tourist trade or bringing in casual cover for staff holidays, you must remember the importance of properly delivered and documented licensing training.
Unless a staff member holds a valid personal licence, they must be given the two hours mandatory licensing training and records of the same must be available on request.
This covers all staff engaged in the sale or service of alcohol, in whatever capacity - even unpaid.
Failure to record training is a breach of a condition of the licence and may result in a review or prosecution.
Neil McArthur has been appointed Chief Executive of The Gambling Commission with immediate effect. He was previously acting Interim CEO after Sarah Harrison MBE left the organisation at the end of February. As Chief Executive, he is responsible for the Commission's strategy and delivering the aims agreed by the Board of Commissioners.
The Gambling Commission has published proposed changes and actions deemed necessary to improve the safety of online gambling. The proposed changes and action include:
The Commission is undertaking further work over the coming year to strengthen online player power and identify areas likely to cause greater harm to players.
The licensing team have successfully represented clients at the following boards and committees, Glasgow Licensing Board and Committee; Perth Licensing Board; West Lothian Licensing Board; East Lothian Licensing Board; Edinburgh Licensing Board and East Dunbartonshire Licensing Board.
In addition, Niall and Michael attended the Best Bar None Glasgow launch whilst Stephen and Niall attended the Scottish Entertainment Awards supporting client nominees.This publication is intended for general guidance and represents our understanding of the relevant law and practice as at May 2018. Specific advice should be sought for specific cases. For more information see our terms & conditions.