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December 17, 2014
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The Temporary Event Notice (TEN) in the Licensing knowledge area has been updated. New regulations amend the prescribed form of Temporary Event Notices (TENs) such that the premises user is required to provide information about any intended use of the premises for the provision of ‘relevant entertainment’ defined in the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 as ‘any live performances or live display of nudity seeking to sexually stimulate the audience’. The measures put in place by these regulations seek to close any loophole there may be in respect of ‘relevant entertainment’ and the use of a TEN. The change will inform licensing authorities when ‘relevant entertainment’ is being offered by operators at their premises. 

Anti-social Behaviour in the Private Rented Sector
A guidance note has been added to the RIAMS Housing knowledge area’s General folder. It covers the new powers brought in by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 in relation to tackling anti-social behaviour in the community. The note also covers neighbourhood interventions including selective licensing and additional licensing schemes. 

Reducing the Strength: Initiatives to Tackle Alcohol Problems
The Local Government Association has published guidance for councils considering the introduction of ‘Reducing the Strength’ initiatives. ‘Reducing the Strength’ refers to initiatives designed to tackle the problems associated with street drinking by removing from sale low-price high-strength alcohol products through voluntary agreements with local retailers. Suffolk was the first area to adopt the approach in 2012 and since then a number of others have followed. The models used vary from place-to-place, but tend to target alcohol products above 6.5% alcohol by volume (abv). There have been a number of concerns raised about them, particularly by retailer and producer associations, for example whether such schemes breach competition law and/or whether councils have breached the Licensing Act by seeking to put in place blanket licensing conditions. Concerns have also been raised about whether more recent schemes have adopted the evidence-based, holistic approach of the original Suffolk scheme, which aimed to tackle a particular problem in a specific area through a joined up approach with other agencies. There are also concerns about unintended consequences, such as the removal of products that were not a target for such schemes. The aim of the guidance is to help ensure that Reducing the Strength schemes are designed and established in a way that addresses these concerns and complies with relevant legislation. The guidance is located in the Licensing Act 2003 folder on RIAMS.