This month in summary:
TLT will host the inaugural Brewers Law and Information Symposium (BLIS) – a special educational and conference event on the Scottish brewing industry at Drygate Brewery on Tuesday 24 January 2017.
BLIS has an array of fantastic speakers covering many topics important to brewing in Scotland including:
We have arranged a stellar line up of speakers for the event including an opening speech from Patrick Harvie MSP, and contributions from industry talent including Paul Fallen (Fallen Brewery), David McDowall (Brewdog), Petra Wetzel (WEST), Fiona MacEachern (Loch Lomond), David McGowan (Broughton), Annika Meiklejohn (Tempest), and wider industry analysis from Graham Young (Scotland Food and Drink), Pete Cheema, CEO (Scottish Grocers Federation), as well as legal input from our panel of brewery law experts.
Police Scotland, road safety campaigners and the Scottish government are reminding drivers not to risk drink driving and recommending that ‘the best approach is none’. With the lower drink drive limit now in its third festive season, awareness about the consequences of drink driving is again being raised through a hard hitting press campaign.
Police Scotland statistics show that in 2015 one in thirty-five drivers stopped during the festive season were over the legal limit.
The SWA has drawn criticism from the government and the heath lobby. This followed its decision to seek leave to appeal its defeat in the Minimum Unit Price case to the Supreme Court. Leave to appeal was granted to the SWA on 21 December 2016.
The SWA has defended its decision stating it remained their "strong view that minimum pricing is incompatible with EU law and likely to be ineffective".
The Gambling Commission's Young People and Gambling report has indicated that 450,000 children are gambling in England and Wales every week. The study also indicates that around 9,000 of these are likely to be problem gamblers.
The findings indicate that the overall rate of gambling among 11-15 year-olds is around 16%. This figure compares to 5% of 11-15 year-olds who have smoked and 8% who have drunk alcohol in the last week, while 6% have taken drugs in the last month.
The Gambling Commission imposes strict rules on gambling businesses to prevent and tackle underage gambling and take firm action where young people are not properly protected. In light of the report and to prevent criticisms that the Gambling Commission are not taking the matter seriously, one can expect a rise in both test purchasing and investigations into due diligence systems that gambling providers have in place to prevent under-age gambling.
Gambling Commission Statistics reveal that online gambling now makes up 33% of all gambling in Britain.
Online Gambling's gross yield outstrips traditional favourites such as the high street and the National Lottery.
The full statistics can be accessed here
November seemed to bring with it a record number of licensing board, court and committee attendances.
Between them Stephen, Niall and Michael appeared in at least a dozen different hearings at Dumbarton, Aberdeen City, Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Argyll and Bute, Dundee, East Lothian, North Lanarkshire, Edinburgh Licensing Board and Committee, Falkirk and South Lanarkshire (both Rutherglen and Lanark divisions). Niall now lays claim to a Scottish licensing record undertaking seven different hearings in seven consecutive working days! There were also enforcement meetings, interactions and interventions.
Stephen attended the Institute of Licensing's (IOL) National Training Conference in Stratford to be formally adopted as the Chairman of the IOL's inaugural Scottish region. He also presented at the CLT Licensing Conference at Murrayfield.
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