In the week when London’s iconic and arguably greatest nightclub, Fabric, had to close its doors due to the revocation of its licence, The Morning Advertiser reports on the House of Lords Select Committee’s review of the Licensing Act 2003. Peers will start to take evidence later this month, with major proposals for change being mooted to help reduce red tape and help the licensed hospitality sector flourish.
Next month Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association Brigid Simmons will take the stand to give her evidence. She is quoted as saying:
“Pubs sustain over 800,000 jobs and the sector is constantly adapting to changing consumer tastes and playing a vital role in local communities and in the high street.”
She will argue the case for change on behalf of BBPA members, suggesting that the over-regulation of the sector at present is adding greatly to the cost of doing business.
It isn’t yet known when the inquiry will conclude but industry eyes will be fixed firmly on the report when it arrives.
As the House of Lords Select Committee inquiry on the Licensing Act 2003 continues today, industry bodies called for stability in the system and a focus on reducing the cost and burden of enforcement.
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The Committee will hear from the off-trade and licensing bodies today, and industry bodies have submitted consultation responses.
Keys proposals from the BBPA include:
A moratorium on further legislative change during the current Parliament - The BBPA highlighted the scale and number of changes to the Act since its introduction, and has called for a period of greater stability.