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The Home Office relaxes licensing hours during the FIFA World Cup 2014

By Naomi Chesterman

The government consultation on the possible extension for licensing hours during the World Cup has come to a close.

Since closing the consultation, the Home Office has confirmed that it will be extending licensing hours across the UK for the World Cup period. Initially, the bid to extend the hours was rejected as the World Cup was not considered as a ‘one-off event’ and therefore should not receive the same treatment as the Royal Wedding or the Diamond Jubilee.

However, after pleas from prime minister David Cameron, and listening to the 1,503 responses, both from within and outside the trade, the Home Office reconsidered its decision…

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