Login

  • SU Directory
  • Trading
  • NUS Extra

News

Alcohol Licensing Laws: All Change

 

Major changes to licensing laws have started their passage through Parliament with the Police Reform & Social Responsibility Bill being laid.  Over the summer NUS responded to the consultation on these proposed changes to the Licensing Act 2003 – a copy of which can be found here.

The Home Secretary has said that the bill aims to give local communities greater control over licensing ‘as the government moves to reclaim high streets for sensible law abiding drinkers’.

Detailed below are some of the main changes the Bill would make:

 

  • Currently only those people who live in close proximity to a premises that is applying for or renewing a license can comment on the application.  This will be amended to allow anyone to comment on a licensing application, no matter where they live. 

 

  • Greater weight will also be given to health and policing concerns with health bodies such as Primary Care Trusts becoming a responsible authority.

 

  • The government has committed to banning alcohol disorder zones and reviewing the alcohol mandatory code within 12 months of its introduction.  The Bill also proposes to introduce a late-night levy to pay for extra policing.  There is no mention of the size of the levy which will be left to local authorities.  They can also decide if there should be exemptions or reductions for some venues, likely to be if they have Best Bar None of similar accreditation.

 

  • Changes are proposed which would see the maximum fine for persistently selling alcohol to children double from £10,000 to £20,000 and the maximum closure period increase from 48 hours to 336 hours.

 

We would encourage students' unions to review their CSR strategies, as well as to continue to work with the local community, council, police and health bodies to ensure that students' unions remain ahead of the field in responsible retailing.

 

Alcohol Taxation

The government has also revealed its plans for alcohol tax reform this week, in an effort of decrease the level of harm associated with problem consumption of alcohol such as alcohol related hospital admissions and violent crimes.  A change to the definition of cider has already been made to increase the duty on cheap, strong ciders strongly associated with public health concerns, and the Government  intends to introduce a new additional duty on beers over 7.5% abv in strength.  Changes will also be made to introduce a reduced rate of duty on beers produced at an alcohol strength of 2.8% or below to encourage production and consumption of lower strength beers.

The Government's proposals for tax reform have been criticised for not pushing hard enough on supermarkets taking more responsibility for their pricing strategy.  Whilst the Government has indicated that it wants to ban below cost selling, the methodology behind this has not been revealed.

 

More information can be found on the links below:

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill 

Impact assessment for the alcohol measures in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill

Review of Alcohol Taxation

Healthy Lives, Healthy People

NUS response to 'Rebalancing the Licensing Act'

Comments

No comments have been made. Please log in to comment.
 
Some features of this site - including article viewing - require javascript enabled.
You must be logged in to view this article - Login now

Share

Latest in campaigns

Response to the Welsh Government’s announcement on post-compulsory education and training review

Students demand sustainability, stability and credibility for the Welsh system - and any move towards a better-organised sector, with deeper collaboration between all forms of post-16 education, should be welcomed.

 
Ymateb i gyhoeddiad Llywodraeth Cymru ynglyn ag adolygiad addysg a hyfforddiant ôl-orfodol

Mae myfyrwyr yn mynnu i'r system Gymreig fod yn gynaliadwy, yn sefydlog ac yn gredadwy - a dylid croesawu unrhyw symud at sector fwy cyfundrefol sydd â mwy o gydweithredu ymysg pob math o addysg ôl-16

 
Syniadau, profiadau a heriau: Cynhadledd Partneriaeth i Gymru 2015

Cynhaliodd Wise Cymru ei ail Gynhadledd Partneriaeth i Gymru flynyddol yng Nghastell-nedd ddydd Mercher 3 Mehefin.

 
Ideas, experiences and challenges: Wise Wales Partnership for Wales Conference 2015

Wise Wales held its second annual Partnership for Wales Conference in Neath on Wednesday 3 June.

 
Datganiad ar ddyfodol cymuned Gymraeg Neuadd Pantycelyn ym Mhrifysgol Aberystwyth

Yn sgil datblygiadau diweddar ym Mhrifysgol Aberystwyth, mae Llywydd UCM Cymru yn galw ar y brifysgol i fuddsoddi mewn llety cyfrwng-Cymraeg cynaliadwy ac ansawdd uchel.

 
Statement on the future of the Welsh language community of Pantycelyn at Aberystwyth University

In light of recent developments at Aberystwyth University, the President of NUS Wales is calling on the university to invest in sustainable, high quality Welsh-medium student accommodation.

 
 

Latest news

Students’ Unions Local – Coming to a town near you!

We are delighted to inform you of our upcoming Students’ Union Local events. These specially designed one-day events have been created to meet the needs of officers and staff in students’ unions.

 
Charity fundraising partner Student Adventures goes into administration

It has come to our attention that recently that a charity fundraising partner used by many Students’ Unions, Student Adventures, has gone into liquidation and is ceasing to trade.

 
University students warned to stay vigilant amidst suspected mobile phone fraud

The National Mobile Phone Crime Unit (NMPCU) has launched an investigation into a suspected mobile phone fraud targeting students at universities across the UK.

 
NUS criticises ‘Know Your Limits’ rape poster campaign

NUS has expressed huge concern today at the ‘Know Your Limits’ recent poster campaign to tackle rape. The poster points out that in a third of reported rapes the victim had been drinking and warns people to monitor their alcohol consumption. It is available for download on the Home Office website and has been sighted in NHS premises.

 
'You Never Know Your Luck' by Fred Jarvis

Former NUS President and General Secretary of NUT, Fred Jarvis, has published his memoirs reflecting on his lifelong campaigning for education. Find out where to buy here

 
NUS Awards 2014

Through expert training, support and knowledge students’ unions and NUS together continue to build a national movement that champions the rights of students – shaping the future of education and changing the communities we live in.

 
 

Most Read

Trending/Most Shared articles

 

Recent Comments