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Welcome to our November licensing update
Welcome to our ‘banging’ newsletter that we hope will bring a ‘sparkle’ to your inbox… With that please find below the topical items posted to our website in the last month. Hopefully there may be something of interest to you.
The requirement to make available, and make customers aware of the opportunity to purchase, the smaller measure of 125 ml still wine, in addition to the more common 175 and 250 ml measures, is something we find often still overlooked by operators small but also large. Our own empirical evidence on this subject from many visits to licensed premises was supported by an investigation for Channel 4â€™s Tricks of The Restaurant Trade where undercover reporters who requested a â€˜smallâ€™ glass of wine were given a 175ml glass in a number of cases.Read more here
Operators should be alert to the fact that both Christmas Eve and New Yearâ€™s Eve fall on a Sunday this year when permitted hours under a premises licence often tend to be more restrictive. It would be well worth your while double checking your permitted hours and whether you have any specific longer authorisation for either or both dates â€“ failing which consideration should be made to giving a Temporary Event Notice for these dates to enable longer trading.Read more here
With Bonfire Night this weekend, make sure you have everything ticked off so that you can hold your event responsiblyÂ and that you can ensure the evening goes with the right bang and sparkle. Read more here
CSE – ‘test purchasing’
We have previously flagged difficulties for the hospitality sector in terms of Child Sex Exploitation (CSE) and particularly so for the hotel sector.Â To remind, increasingly there is the expectation that staff will have been trained to be alert to circumstances which could give rise to a possible concern and act or intervene appropriately â€“ and indeed we are seeing increasing â€˜test purchasingâ€™ is this area.Read more here
Food Standards Agency – New advice on eating runny eggs
The Food Standards Agency has announced a change to its advice about eating eggs – infants, children, pregnant women and elderly people can now safely eat raw or lightly cooked eggs that are produced under the British Lion Code of Practice.Read more here
The Home Office has published statistics relating to alcohol and late night refreshment licensing in England and Wales â€“ something it has done on an annual basis (other than years ending 31 March 2011 and 31 March 2015) for some time. The statistics can be found by clicking below.Read more here
Kingston Council are today holding a meeting as to whether they are going to introduce a Late Night Levy – we will update you with further details next month.Read more here
It has been widely reported that Ministers of the Welsh National Assembly plan to introduce legislation to introduce a minimum price per unit of alcohol.Â The proposed unit price is reportedly 50p, the same as proposed in Scotland.Read more here
The Bank of England has recently launched a new banknote checking scheme. The Banknote Checking Scheme is aimed at cash-handling businesses such as the leisure industry and promotes checking banknotes at point of sale through targeted training. Its aim is to reduce the number of counterfeit notes being accepted and to reduce losses to businesses.Read more here
Transport for London has confirmed an increase to private hire operators fees.Â The previous fee, last reviewed in April 2013, had two simple bands for private hire operators -Â fewer than 11 cars: Â£1,488, and 11+ cars: Â£2,826.Â The new scheme will create 8 different fees categoriesÂ and increase the fee for Operators with 10,001+ cars to Â£2,900,000 for a five year licence, if granted.Read more here
Gambling – Consultation on proposals for changes to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility MeasuresÂ
Breaking news – the DCMS has published a consultation covering proposals relating to:
- Maximum stakes and prizes for all categories of gaming machines permitted under the Gambling Act 2005;
- Allocations of gaming machines permitted in all licensed premises under the Gambling Act 2005;
- Social responsibility measures for the industry as a whole to minimise the risk of gambling-related harm, including on gambling advertising, online gambling, gaming machines and research, education and treatment (RET).
The headline proposal is to reduce the size of the maximum stake, looking at options between Â£50 and Â£2 (options include Â£50, Â£30, Â£20 and Â£2), in order â€œto reduce the potential for large session losses and therefore to potentially harmful impacts on players and their wider communitiesâ€.
The Supreme Court recently delivered their judgment in the case ofÂ Ivey v Genting Casinos (UK) Ltd t/a CrockfordsÂ dismissing Mr Iveyâ€™s appeal on the grounds that his actions were dishonest and he had attempted to cheat the Casino. Of possible wider implications.Read more here
The Industry Group for Responsible Gaming (IGRC) has released an updated 3rdÂ edition of their Code of practice for socially responsible advertising, which will come into effect this year.Read more here
This month has seen the publication of the latest edition of the independent Legal 500 Guide to the Legal Profession.Â We are delighted â€“ once again â€“ to retain our top tier ranking for our specialist field of licensing, where we operate nationally throughout England, Wales and Scotland.