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Personal Licences to Stay After Consultation
The government has decided to abandon plans to scrap personal licences after the result of a recent consultation which attracted 352 responses showed little support for the move. The current system (which requires all alcohol sales to be made or authorised by a personal licence holder) will remain in place, as will the requirement for Designated Premises Supervisors to hold a personal licence.
Ministers initially claimed that the system, which is enforced nationally, posed an undue burden on the trade as all premises were required to comply undergoing training and criminal records checks as well as paying application fees. The alternative proposal was the introduction of a ‘local alternative’ which would allow authorities to target areas where they believe additional measures were relevant.
The result of the consultation, which launched in September 2013, showed that 94% of trade respondents believed that the proposed changes would undermine current licensing objectives. The news has been welcomed by the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds, who told the Big Hospitality website, “It is very good news the Government has listened to the industry; as the whole trade was united in opposition. Personal licences work well, setting a national standard which is supported by both local authorities and the police.”
You can read the full consultation report here