This month in summary
Renfrewshire Licensing Board have launched a formal policy consultation which closes on 3 August 2018. Views are sought from all stakeholders and you can comment here.
West Lothian Licensing Board are consulting on its current policy. Views are sought on a wide range of issues. The consultation closes on 14 July 2018 and can be found here.
Finally, Midlothian's Policy Consultation seeks view on overprovision in particular. As an incentive to respond they are going to select one respondent to receive a £50 voucher.
Hot on the heels of immigration law being implanted into the liquor (and certain civic) licensing regime, a group called Better Than Zero’s Safe Home campaign are lobbying the Scottish Government to change licensing laws to make it the licensee's responsibility to provide transport home for staff.
Whilst the aim may be laudable critics are concerned with yet more onerous licensing conditions and duplication with the legislative structures in the sphere of employment law.
At present the government have not publicly indicated whether they intend to support the lobbyists calls but workers' rights is high on the political agenda in Scotland.
It is the season for community fetes and galas, for fundraising BBQs and outdoor music festivals. In years gone by the majority of such events required a simple Ocassional Licence provided it specified the performances and entertainment occurring within the licensed site. Post November 2016 the exemption from the requirement to have a separate Public Entertainment Licence (PEL) when you held an Occasional Licence no longer applies. PELs and Temporary PELs are needed to comply it the Civic licensing regime and cover, all manner of things from live music to art exhibitions and participatory sport. The regime is largely governed at a local level so if you have an event upcoming, which is more than just a pop-up bar i.e. it has some form of entertainment do check the local PEL resolution or speak to a licensing solicitor.
The maximum stake on FOBTs will be cut from £100 to £2, the government has announced. Whilst there is no date for implementation the comments from Matt Hancock, the secretary of state for DCMS would suggest it will be sooner rather than later.
Mr Hancock said: “These machines are a social blight and prey on some of the most vulnerable in society, and we are determined to put a stop to it and build a fairer society for all.”
The accountancy firm KPMG have widely been reported as estimating that the £2 limit would cut revenue for the Treasury by £1.1 billion over three years. Whilst the Association of British Bookmakers predict that approximately 4,000 betting shop premises may close resulting in 21,000 redundancies.
The Gambling Commission has set out its strategic priorities in their new business plan, published at the end of April. These are:
The full report can be found here.
The licensing team have been appearing a numerous licensing boards and committees in all four corners of Scotland. This has included successful appearances at Edinburgh, Highland, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Fife Licensing Boards.
TLT were also proud to support the recent BII Scotland Awards by Sponsoring the Best Initiative 2018 and attending the glitzy ceremony at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow.
Finally, Niall has been speaking at various events including the Edinburgh Licensing Board oral evidence sessions and the Aberdeen Inspired Nights Conference.
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