Community / Licensing / Pubs / 23 March 2016

Modern Crime Prevention Strategy - BBPA comments

Commenting on today’s publication of the Home Office’s Modern Crime Prevention Strategy, BBPA Chief Executive, Brigid Simmonds, said:

“We will be studying the proposals in detail, but I welcome the overall emphasis on personal responsibility and partnership working. A new round of LAAAs (Local Alcohol Action Areas) is welcome, and we will certainly play our part in making them a success.

“Our main area of concern would be around any new powers. We haven’t supported the introduction of Late Night Levies, which is a tax on pubs, so making them easier to introduce is not something we welcome, given the success of partnership working.

“The proposed group review intervention powers are also a concern. There are already sufficient licensing powers and this is a potential departure from decisions being considered on their merits, and on a case-by-case basis – a fundamental principle of the current licensing system.

“We will want to work closely with the Home Office as they develop these proposals further.”

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