Welcome to our July Licensing Update
What a start to July, hopefully sales have been soaring as high as the temperatures.
Fingers crossed for Wednesday evening. #isitcominghome
On to the news, as posted to our website in the past month or so…
The music licensing company PPL has launched a consultation relating to its Specially Featured Entertainment (SFE) tariff, setting out PPL’s thinking in relation to tariff scope, tariff structure, fees and implementation. The consultation relates to the playing of recorded music at events such as discos and DJ nights, which in this instance applies only to nightclubs, pubs, bars, cafés, restaurants and hotels as these are the primary venue types licensed under the SFE tariff.
HMRC have produced a new series of webinars to help operators check that they are paying workers correctly. The four webinars provide employers and agents with a walk through of HMRC’s approach to minimum wage compliance and provide a guide to carrying out a self-review.
A Premises Licence for a restaurant in Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex was revoked following a Review hearing by Rother District Council. This is a timely reminder for operators to make sure their own internal procedures regarding their employees, are up to date and accurate.
It was recently reported that Ryanair was banning Duty Free Alcohol being consumed on flights to Ibiza this summer. This is in response to alleged drunken behaviour on planes, a subject the House of Lords Select Committee’s review of the Licensing act 2003 also raised. It had recommended that the airside exemptions for the licensing of UK international airports should be revoked. The Government has now responded with a call for evidence and a consultation with stakeholders, regarding consumption of alcohol at airports.
On Tuesday 26 June a two day Appeal hearing concluded in the Westminster Magistrates’ Court permitting Uber, the ride-hailing app, to continue to trade in London for a further 15 month ‘probationary’ period. Although the case had been expected to last for several more days District Judge Arbuthnot ruled that Uber were a “fit and proper” person to hold an operating licence.
It has been reported that the Scottish Government is due to consult on technical changes to minimum unit pricing. Of particular purpose to this consultation is clarity on the wholesale of alcohol in Scotland and in what circumstances does MUP (minimum unit pricing) apply to such sales.
For the first time since its creation, the Gambling Commission has published a report of the enforcement action it has taken over the past year.
On Friday 29 June 2018 the DCMS launched a consultation on Society Lottery Reform which will run until 11:45pm on 7 September 2018.
The consultation explores a number of proposals including raising the annual limit of society lottery sales from £10m to £100m a year and increasing the maximum prize from £400,000 to £500,000.
The Gambling Commission has now published its response to the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) report ‘Trends in Children’s Gambling’. The response is qualified as it is the Commission’s initial response to the RGSB report and identifies further work which will be required to be undertaken before definitive policy can be drawn up.
We keep a close eye on relevant Briefing Papers published by the House of Commons Library, which we believe would be of interest to our sector. The above briefing paper was amended and republished on 4 July 2018 to include the Government’s response to the consultation on changes to gaming machine and social responsibility measures which was announced in May.
Another briefing paper recently published is in respect of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs). The terminals have been the subject of much debate, including the recent announcement in May 2018, that the Government was to reduce the maximum state allowed on FOBTs from £100 to £2. This change currently awaits secondary legislation, subject to parliamentary approval.
As mentioned in our last newsletter we have created a number of information articles that may come in useful with the current weather:
- Managing Noise at your Premises
- Running an outside event at your premises
- Summer TENs
- Signage requirements for outside areas
If you would like copies please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org