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Consultation Aims to Abolish Personal Licences

September 17, 2013

The Home Office have issued a consultation document aimed at enabling targeted, local alternatives to personal licenses to sell alcohol. The current system requires alcohol sales to be authorised by a personal licence holder who has completed training on the risks alcohol can present if handled irresponsibly. It is then left to personal licence holders to inform licensing authorities if they commit any offence which may make them unsuitable. Commenting on the current system, Minister of State for Crime Prevention Jeremy Browne, said; ? extensive discussions with partners in the police, local government and the licensed trade during the recent Alcohol Strategy consultation suggested that this system may not always be the most targeted and proportionate way to ensure alcohol is sold responsibly.?

At present all premises, regardless of location, must comply. The consultation looks at local alternatives to personal licences which the government estimate could save businesses up to ?10 million a year. Mr Browne also points out that alcohol sales do not always have a negative impact, saying; ?For example, in local pubs, at museums, galleries, sports clubs and charity events, alcohol can bind communities together and drive local growth ? if sold responsibly.? The move has been welcomed by the British Beer and Pub Association whose Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds said that members would be looking at the proposals in detail. The consultation can be found on the Home Office website and will run until 7th November.??

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