Welcome to the March licensing update
Another month passes; another monthly update.
We would particularly draw your attention to our further reminder on the Alcohol Wholesale Registration Scheme which goes live on 1 April.
Also our new CSE Awareness/Avoidance leaflet can be accessed below. We know of a number of operators who are looking to use the National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day on 18 March 2017 as a trigger to engage with staff around this difficult issue. The aim of the day is to highlight the issues surrounding CSE by encouraging everyone to ‘think, spot and speak out against abuse’ and adopt a zero tolerance to abusive and inappropriate behaviour/relationships.
British Summer Time (BST) (or more properly Daylight Saving Time) starts at 1.00am Sunday 26 March 2017 when 1.00am immediately becomes 2.00am. If you are proposing and are able to trade beyond 1.00am, you need to be aware and have hopefully the position covered off either in your premises licence or have given a Temporary Event Notice in respect of the same.Read more here
Child Sex Exploitation (CSE) Avoidance – a brief
This is an area of increasing concern for society – but also for the leisure and hospitality industry in particular. We are seeing increased attention (including ‘test purchasing’) being given to operators by the authorities who expect robust avoidance due diligence measures to have been adopted and in place. Some operators are alert to and aware of this, others less so.
As mentioned above the National CSE Awareness Day on 18 March 2017. For more detail see http://www.stop-cse.org/national-child-exploitation-awareness-day/
No apologies for mentioning this again. The scheme has been introduced by the Government to try and tackle alcohol fraud. If you sell alcohol to another business, the probability is that you should already have registered under AWRS. From 1 April 2017, if you buy alcohol to sell from a UK wholesaler, you will need to check that whoever you buy from has registered with HMRC and has an AWRS Unique Reference Number (URN). If you buy alcohol from a non-registered wholesaler when they should be approved and registered with HMRC, you may be liable to a criminal or civil penalty and your alcohol may be seized. Trade buyers will be able to use an online look-up service of approved wholesalers to check that the wholesalers they buy from are registered. This will be available from April 2017. Time to be putting systems in place perhaps.Read more here
Following conversations with the Home Office we can confirm that with the exception of the provisions on cumulative impact and the late night levy (LNL), the licensing provisions in part 7 of this Act will commence on 6 April 2017. Matters coming into force include clarification concerning expedited Reviews and the status of interim measures and the ability for a Licensing Authority to suspend or revoke personal licences (following convictions for relevant offences).Read more here
Cheltenham Council have decided to abolish the Late Night Levy (LNL) which they had adopted in 2014.Read more now
As previously reported, a new £1.00 12 sided bimetallic coin is planned to be introduced in March. The Government has been encouraging industry to prepare for this and a Treasury website dedicated to such preparation and with further detail can be found here: http://www.thenewpoundcoin.com/. All machines which accept cash for example will need updating and it is intended that after a 6 month transition period, the existing £1.00 coin will be phased out.Read more here
The Home Office has just released the list of the 33 regions comprising the second phase of the Local Alcohol Action Areas (LAAA) programme.
On 27 January the Home Office launched a new phase of the programme to tackle alcohol-related crime and health harms and create a more diverse night-time economy. The programme initially launched in February 2014 covering 20 areas.Read more here
On the 6 April 2017 it will become a criminal offence for drivers of designated taxi and private hire vehicles to refuse to carry passengers in wheelchairs, to fail to provide them with appropriate assistance, or to charge them extra. Guidance on the implementation of this new law has been published.Read more here
A Commons Library briefing paper has been issued looking at the regulation of gambling advertising in Great Britain, providing a useful overview of the regulation in this area. Gambling and betting operators advertising to British customers must comply with the Advertising Codes administered by the Advertising Standards Authority.Read more here
LThis Commons Library briefing paper, just released, looks at the licences needed by betting shops – and also provides a useful overview of the law in this area.
The Gambling Commission has published details of the service levels to which they will seek to adhere.
Team JG&P had a great time at the Sheffield Best Bar None Awards, with Partner Tim Shield presenting the award for best chain to JD Weatherspoons’ Benjamin Huntsman.