This month in summary:
Previous editions of this bulletin have gone into significant detail about the impending deadline for personal licence renewals but still trade trainers and Licensing Boards are telling us that uptake is slow. So here are the headlines
A full guide can be found here
In the wake of the Scottish Government’s refreshed Alcohol Framework 2018, alcohol and advertising has become a hot topic. The chair of Scottish Women’s Football appeared before the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Improving Scotland’s Health and advised that her organisation would not be accepting alcohol sponsorship as it is “incompatible with our role in promoting healthy lifestyles amongst girls and women and supporting them to make positive choices” This was welcomed by Alcohol Focus Scotland especially given the Scottish Government’s existing commitment to consult on restrictions on alcohol marketing. The full framework can be accessed here.
In late 2018 the Commission consulted on proposals to strengthen the requirements for remote gambling operators to verify the age and identity of their customers. As a result the undernoted changes will come into force on 07 May 2019 and all remote operators providing facilities for betting and gaming, and a small number of remote lotteries will need to update their policies and procedures.
Presently remote operators have been allowed 72 hours to verify the age of a new
customer. This period of grace is being removed. In addition age verification will be required prior to a customer being able to access freeto-play versions of games.
Changes to social responsibility code provisions will give effect to these changes requiring remote operators to verify the age of any customer before the customer can:
Identity verification is also being beefed up by a new licence condition that requires operators to verify the identity of their customers before allowing them to gamble. As a minimum operators will require the customer’s name, address and date of birth.
From the beginning of February 2019 the Commission have declared that it will not accept incomplete variation application. All applications must be in full without exceptions.
The Commission's website has been updated to make clear what constitutes a complete application and a new checklist will be available to help applicants be sure they are compliant.
An unseasonably warm February makes traversing the four corners of the country to meet clients and argue their cases at hearing all the more pleasant.
This month our solicitors have had successes at the following Licensing Boards – North Ayrshire; West Lothian; Midlothian; Glasgow; Edinburgh. In addition, we have secured results before the Committee at Edinburgh.
Finally, our Head of Licensing Stephen McGowan, this month Chaired the inaugural Institute of Licensing AGM at Scone Palace in Perth and as President of the Benevolent Society presided over the BEN Dinner at the Doubletree Hilton in Glasgow.
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