Welcome to our New Year Newsletter
We hope you had a successful Christmas trading period. This year was an unusual one for us here at JG&P – we are always open between Christmas and New Year to serve our clients, most often dealing with emergency DPS changes. However this year was different in that one of our Partners found himself dealing with not one but two Closure Notices over the Christmas and New Year weekends with the former requiring attendance before Sheffield Magistrates’ court on Boxing Day. All part of our 24 hour a day 7 day a week service for our clients.
Late Night Levy Criticised for Yielding Low Income
This article gives a (hopefully) useful summary of where we are at on Late Night Levies and those that have been implemented and their effectiveness (or otherwise) following implementation.
Westminster City Council use planning laws to put the “brakes” on deliveries from operators
New rules are being put in place by Westminster City Council after they raised concerns over the use of mopeds to deliver food from the 3,000 restaurants in the borough.
The Council are requiring restaurants providing the service to apply for planning permission for a change of use and demonstrate that it will cause minimal disruption.
Scotland – Minimum Unit Price consultation
Following the conclusion of the legal proceedings in relation to Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) of alcohol in Scotland, the Scottish Government has launched a consultation on their proposal to impose a MUP of alcohol of 50 pence.
Scotland – ‘Don’t Buy It, Don’t Supply It’ to prevent alcohol supply to under 18s
Preventing adults buying alcohol for under 18s is the focus of a new campaign in Scotland.
Scotland – Report from Alcohol Focus Scotland
Alcohol Focus Scotland has released a report following their enquiry into the relationship between the Licensing Boards and the issue of public health.
The Gambling Commission has published guidance on the changes to regulatory returns that will be coming into effect from April 2018.
In a new feature, we will be looking ahead to the next few months to highlight some one-off events that may be beneficial to your operation:
Winter Olympics – between 9 and 25 February in Pyeongchang, South Korea (GMT +9) followed by the Winter Paralympics from 9 to 18 March.
Easter Weekend – Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April.
Although not confirmed, Anthony Joshua’s unification fight against Joseph Parker is rumoured so be on 30 March in Cardiff.
Royal Wedding on the 19 May for which a consultation is to be launched to extend licensing hours.
With 2018 upon us this promises to be another year when there is a big focus on Brexit. We shall have to wait and see what (if any) changes in licensing are implemented by the Government. There will undoubtedly be an updated Guidance from the Secretary of State, but will there be more?
We at JG&P wish you all a Happy and prosperous New Year and we will be here to support you in all your licensing needs.