More change to the licensing regime ahead

Alcohol consumption and night-time leisure activities remain hot topics for journalists and politicians alike. Hard on the heels of this government’s ‘re-balancing’ reforms of the Licensing Act 2003, further changes are afoot.

The ‘rebalancing’ reforms, which came into effect at the beginning of 2012, were followed by a review at the end of 2012 of the wider subject of the government’s alcohol strategy. The elements of that consultation and review that received the most interest, and column inches, were those relating to the potential ban on multi-buy promotions and the possible minimum pricing per unit of alcohol. However, there were other — perhaps less glamorous but nevertheless significant — proposed reforms affecting the Licensing Act 2003 regime.

On the subject of the current mandatory Premises Licence conditions, the government has stated that it intends to make changes in three areas…

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