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Sunderland considers minimum alcohol price

03/04/2024

Sunderland City Council is set to launch a consultation on introducing a local minimum unit price for alcohol.

Norfolk caught in bitter battle over bats

27/03/2024

A council leader has launched an attack on Natural England after the environment watchdog effectively blocked a £274m road scheme due to its impact on bats.

Brent council set to launch landlord licensing scheme

26/03/2024

A new borough-wide landlord licensing scheme is set to launch in Brent on April 1, the council has announced.

Council chiefs call for powers to tackle rogue shisha bars

25/03/2024

Local authority leaders have called for more powers to crack down on rogue shisha bars.

LGA warning over XL Bully dogs ban

19/03/2024

Councils face a double whammy of soaring costs and declining police support as they try to enforce a ban on XL Bully dogs.

Brixton Academy to reopen after fatal crush

05/03/2024

Brixton Academy will open next month for the first time since two people died in a crowd crush in December 2022.

2,700 dangerous animals kept as pets

23/02/2024

Lions, tigers and venomous snakes are among the 2,700 wild animals kept at private addresses across the UK, wildlife charity Born Free has revealed.

Vape industry proposes alcohol-style licensing scheme

21/02/2024

A first-of-its kind licensing framework for the UK vape industry is being put forward in Parliament today.

Bolton backs first hypnotism show in 40 years

08/02/2024

Bolton Council's licensing panel have signed off on the town's first legal hypnotism performance in more than four decades.

Coroner's deadline for council after Rottweiler mauling

02/10/2023

A licensing team has been given until 13 November to respond after being urged to take a ‘more proactive approach’ following a fatal dog attack.

London councillors call for smokefree pavement seating

12/09/2023

Councillors have written to the Government to call for the introduction of a national smokefree condition for pavement seating outside pubs and restaurants.

Councils urged to allow pubs to open early for World Cup final

18/08/2023

Michael Gove has written to council leaders across England urging them to ensure pubs can open early on Sunday for the Lionesses historic World Cup final.

Takeaway pint licensing rules extended

14/08/2023

The trade association representing pubs in England and Wales have welcomed an extension of the licensing rules that allow landlords to sell takeaway pints.

Newcastle taxis to adopt city’s football colours

14/06/2023

Taxis in Newcastle could be branded in the colours of the city's football team in a bid to improve safety.

Housing experts voice ‘concern’ over HMO licensing changes

25/05/2023

Housing and refugee rights experts have voiced ‘extreme concern’ over plans to remove licensing requirements for HMOs used as asylum accommodation.

Think tank calls for expansion of ‘selective licencing’

24/05/2023

London councils are being prevented from adopting schemes to improve conditions for people in private rented accommodation by regulations, researchers say.

Petition to save venue after crush deaths hits 50,000

02/05/2023

A petition calling on Lambeth Council to save the O2 Academy Brixton after two people were crushed to death last year has reached over 50,000 signatures.

Taxi drivers to face ‘tough’ new licensing measures

27/04/2023

New rules will mean taxi and private hire drivers who lose their council licence won't be able to apply in another area without their history being disclosed.

Councils urged to consult taxi driver database

03/03/2023

The DfT wrote to local authorities urging them to consult the taxi driver database after figures revealed the councils who are failing to make full use of it.

Beavers reintroduced to London borough of Ealing

06/02/2023

Ealing is set to welcome beavers back to the borough for the first time in four centuries in a major council-supported reintroduction project.

Council extends venue’s licence suspension after crush deaths

17/01/2023

Lambeth Council yesterday suspended the O2 Academy Brixton’s premises licence for a further three months following last month’s tragic crush.

Lambeth Council suspends venue licence after fatalities

23/12/2022

Lambeth Council has temporarily suspended the licence of O2 Academy Brixton after a crowd surge at the venue resulted in two people losing their lives.

Council announces ‘largest’ selective licensing scheme in UK

20/09/2022

Birmingham City Council has been granted permission to introduce a Selective Licensing Scheme for all private rented properties in 25 wards across the city.

Council revokes late night levy

15/09/2022

Nottingham City Council has announced it is revoking a levy on late night licensed premises in a bid to ease the financial pressure on local businesses.

Peers highlight lack of progress improving 'flawed' Act

11/07/2022

Little progress has been made in addressing the lack of coordination between the licensing and planning systems, a House of Lords committee has reported.

Licensing laws to be reviewed to fight ‘invisible crime’ of spiking

05/07/2022

Local authority leaders have welcomed a Government decision to review the licensing laws to assess whether they are robust enough to tackle spiking.

Council chiefs call for more event licensing powers

14/06/2022

Councils should have the power to set local event licensing fees to ensure they fully cover the associated administrative costs, the LGA has said.

Council chiefs call for locally led pavement licensing regime

09/05/2022

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to introduce a permanent but locally led pavement licensing regime for cafés and bars.

MPs urge licensing authorities to use powers to tackle spiking

26/04/2022

Local authorities have been urged to use their licensing powers to ensure venues take action to prevent spiking incidents and keep customers safe by MPs.

All Scottish councils to set up short-term lets licensing schemes

20/01/2022

New legislation will require all local authorities in Scotland to set up licensing schemes for all short-term let properties.

Campaigners call for a national landlord register

25/10/2021

Campaigners have called on the Government to introduce a national landlord register as evidence shows that local schemes help improve the quality of rented accommodation.

Al fresco dining in Westminster set to continue post-lockdown

17/09/2021

Westminster City Council has decided to continue supporting a number of outdoor dining schemes after a positive response to al fresco dining from locals.

How can local authorities benefit from digitised licencing tools?

15/09/2021

Nicola Ray explains how the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority has updated its licensing system to ensure the safety of vulnerable workers and protect them from exploitation.

Why councils should have the power to improve safety of cosmetic treatments

06/08/2021

Tony Veverka argues local authorities must be given new powers to better regulate non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

Councils warn licensing decisions should cover public health

06/08/2021

Council leaders have called for the power to take public health into account when deciding whether to grant licences to protect communities from harm.

Councils approve more than 2,000 pavement licences in past year

04/08/2021

Councils approved requests from businesses for more than 17,000 extra outdoor seats in the past year, new research has discovered.

Manchester council to consider extending selective licensing schemes

09/09/2020

Manchester City Council’s executive will be asked to approve a consultation on extending selective licensing schemes to up to 12 new locations in the city which cover around 2,500 homes.

How local authorities could help their private hire and taxi drivers

13/08/2020

Dr. Tom Vickers outlines how local authorities can help improve the working conditions and economic insecurity among private hire and taxi drivers.

Councils call for tougher licensing powers to tackle COVID-19 safety breaches

10/08/2020

Councils have called for a temporary change in licensing laws to allow them to close down premises that are not protecting the public during the pandemic.

Councils call for action to ensure smoke-free pavements

20/07/2020

Councils have called for pavements outside pubs, bars and cafes to be smoke-free.

Planning rules relaxed to support outdoor dining

26/06/2020

The Government has temporarily lifted planning rules to allow pubs, restaurants and cafes to serve customers outdoors.

Next mayor should ‘step up’ fight against rogue landlords, group says

09/03/2020

Half of London’s boroughs did not fine any landlords for letting out unsafe homes in the past year, new research reveals.

Councils warn moves to license hand car washes must be fully funded

14/02/2020

Councils have warned that any attempt to licence hand car washes must be fully funded by license fees.

Councils urge retailers to become 'no knife shops'

10/02/2020

Councils are urging retailers not to sell knives in an effort to tackle the knife crime epidemic.

Managing short-term lets

27/01/2020

Deborah Heather explores the issue of homestay rentals and managing short-term lets within council boundaries.

Approval given for council's landlord licensing scheme

22/01/2020

A large-scale selective licensing scheme in Waltham Forest has been approved by the Government.

Liverpool criticises 'short-sighted' rejection of its landlord licensing scheme

13/01/2020

The Government has been branded ‘short-sighted’ after it refused Liverpool’s application to continue its landlord licensing scheme.

Scottish councils granted powers to regulate short-term lets

09/01/2020

Local authorities in Scotland are to be given new powers to regulate short-term lets where they decide this is in the interests of local communities.

Manchester to implement Martyn’s Law

08/01/2020

Manchester City Council is set to Martyn’s Law to improve security at all public venues.

Council chiefs warn of ‘bogus' Christmas taxi drivers

20/12/2019

Local authority leaders have warned revellers of the dangers of unlicensed rogue drivers around Christmas time.

Wakefield council ‘overcharging’ cabbies, court rules

12/12/2019

A court has ruled that Wakefield council were overcharging local taxi drivers for a licence to trade in what could prove to be a landmark case.

Manchester calls in Uber for urgent meeting

28/11/2019

Uber's troubles have continued with Manchester City Council revealing it has requested an urgent meeting with the company over concerns regarding licensing rules.

Uber loses licence to operate in London

25/11/2019

Transport for London (TfL) has ruled against granting Uber a new private hire operator’s licence, deeming it to 'not be fit and proper' to hold one.

Outdated taxi laws putting public at risk, councils warn

01/11/2019

The Government has been urged to reform 'outdated and flawed' taxi laws by the Local Government Association (LGA).

A licence to let

04/07/2019

With the government’s recent focus on regulating the private rented sector, Neil Merrick explores how councils are using licensing scheme to tackle rogue landlords.

Council accreditation scheme ‘discriminatory’, landlords say

09/05/2019

A landlord accreditation scheme in Oxford is ‘discriminatory and unlawful’, a landlord association has claimed.

Councils failing to use powers for rent repayment orders, landords warns

28/03/2019

Councils are failing to use new powers to force bad landlords to pay back rent, the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) have warned.

'Postcode lottery' for landlord licences is revealed

21/03/2019

The most expensive landlord licencing schemes cost 21 times more than the cheapest ones, new research has revealed.

Councils call for licensing powers to tackle ‘lawless’ shisha bars

25/02/2019

Councils have called for new powers to tackle ‘lawless’ shisha bars that flout smoking and fire regulations.

Whitehall launches consultation on taxi licensing

12/02/2019

Local authorities could soon be required to ensure that every prospective taxi driver undergoes enhanced criminal record and background checks.

Report sets out how to make selective licensing more effective

24/01/2019

Selective licensing schemes are helping to tackle dangerous properties but they could be more effective if the Government introduced some simple measures.

The confusing tale of a councillor, an escort agency and a licencing committee

18/01/2019

Mark Whitehead investigates why a councillor removed from a licensing committee over his connection to an escort agency was not reinstated when cleared of any wrong-doing.

Councils awarded £2m to tackle rogue landlords

08/11/2018

Councils are being urged to bid for new funding to to step up enforcement action against irresponsible landlords.

Councils granted powers to punish rogue mobile home site owners

23/10/2018

Local authorities will have more powers to crack down on rogue mobile home site owners, the Government has announced.

Councils welcome report into tougher taxi laws

25/09/2018

Local authorities have welcomed recommendations to introduce national minimum standards for taxi and private hire vehicle licensing.

Whitehall launches selective licensing review

20/06/2018

The Government has announced it is launching a review into selective licensing to find out how well it is working.

Blackpool first council to be awarded self-supply water licence

20/06/2018

Blackpool Council has been granted a self-supply licence to manage and monitor its own water usage across its 120 sites.

Council fines 'try before you buy’ sex toy shop

19/06/2018

A local authority in the north east has fined a sex doll company £10,000 for operating without a licence.

Redbridge cracks down on ‘rogue landlords’ with licensing scheme

04/06/2018

The Government has given the go-ahead for the expansion of a new licensing scheme across Redbridge to help the council improve conditions for private renters.

Brighton is latest council to turn down Uber licence

02/05/2018

Brighton & Hove City Council has refused to renew Uber’s licence after finding the firm is not ‘fit and proper’.

New guide provides national benchmark for granting taxi licences

26/04/2018

A new guide to help councils decide if someone should be granted a taxi or private hire licence has been published today by the Institute of Licensing (IoL).

Burnham proposes ‘rogue landlord’ amnesty

25/04/2018

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has proposed an amnesty for ‘rogue landlords’ in an attempt to drive them out of the private rented sector.

Calls for councils to have power to confiscate properties from criminal landlords

19/04/2018

Local authorities should be given the power to confiscate properties from landlords who exploit vulnerable tenants, MPs have said today.

Rogue landlord database goes live

06/04/2018

A new national database which will enable councils to share information about rogue landlords went live today as part of an effort to crackdown on illegal practices in the private rented sector.

Nottingham gets approval for new landlord licensing scheme

14/02/2018

A new licencing scheme to help improve the condition of privately rented homes in Nottingham has been given the green light by the Government.

Rogue landlords forced to pay back ‘racketeering’ proceeds

02/02/2018

Brent has become the first council in the country to use the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) against slum landlords for breaches of licensing conditions.

Blackpool set to become first council to manage its own water supply

30/01/2018

Blackpool Council has applied to Ofwat for a water and sewerage licence, making it the first local authority to move towards managing its own water supply.

Taxi licences granted to drivers with criminal convictions, campaigners warn

30/01/2018

Taxi and private hire vehicle licences are being granted to drivers with criminal convictions because there are no national minimum standards to enforce sufficient safety checks, campaigners say.

Councils given power to tackle overcrowding in private homes

02/01/2018

Councils have been given more power to crack-down on overcrowded homes and stop landlords from renting out sub-standard properties.

London council launches taskforce to crack down on unlawful Airbnb lettings

13/12/2017

A team of council officers is hitting the streets in Westminster to crack down on unlawful Airbnb lettings.

Sheffield's suspends Uber's licence over 'management questions'

08/12/2017

Online taxi firm Uber has had its licence suspended by Sheffield City Council after allegedly failing to answer questions about its management.

Uber's licence renewal refused by Transport for London

22/09/2017

Transport for London (TfL) has announced that it will not be renewing Uber’s licence to operate in the capital – with the full backing of mayor Sadiq Khan.

Taxi laws ‘outdated’ and pose safeguarding risks, council chiefs say

25/08/2017

Council chiefs have called on the Government to reform ‘existing outdated’ taxi laws in order to strengthen safeguarding measures.

Council prosecutes letting agent for issuing ‘sham licences’

22/08/2017

Islington Council has successfully prosecuted a letting agent for issuing ‘sham licences’ in the first prosecution of its kind.

Council urges shopkeepers to not sell acid to youths

04/08/2017

Hackney LBC has urged shopkeepers to stop selling the dangerous products like acid and ammonia to young people after a spate of violent attacks in the capital.

Girl, 5, fined for selling lemonade

21/07/2017

A London council has fined a five-year-old girl for selling homemade lemonade on the street without a license.

Council wins court case to recoup £1.3m licensing costs

20/07/2017

Westminster City Council has won a long-running Supreme Court case over the licensing fee it had charged sex shops.

Lincoln grants license for Lamborghini taxi

22/06/2017

Lincoln residents will soon be able to hire a Lamborghini as a ‘taxi with a twist’, council says.

Enforcement regime on displaying agent fees ‘failing’, survey reveals

02/06/2017

The enforcement regime on displaying agent fees is ‘failing’, says licensing group as survey reveals the majority of councils are not issuing penalties for non-compliance.

Council officers discover up to 40 people crammed into three-bedroom house

26/04/2017

A raid by a London council has uncovered a three-bedroom home being shared by 17 people.

Councils hit out at 'ill-advised' calls to scrap licensing committees

04/04/2017

Local government leaders have rejected a call by to scrap licensing committees as 'unnecessary and ill-advised'.

Council refuses zoo licence due to animal deaths

07/03/2017

Barrow BC has refused to issue a new licence to a zoo in Cumbria - where a keeper was killed in 2013 - after an inspection revealed many animals had died due to the poor conditions.

Controversy over council decision to cut down Queen Mother’s trees

03/02/2017

Northumberland council has been criticised for cutting down trees that were planted in the Queen Mother’s honour.

Councils to get tough on 'backstreet' puppy breeders

02/02/2017

Councils are to be given greater powers to help crack down on irresponsible puppy breeders under tough new licensing rules announced today.

Rotherham Council handed back licensing powers

14/12/2016

Rotherham Council will be given back control of taxi services, although commissioners will oversee licensing decisions until 31 March 2019, the communities secretary has said.

‘Worrying’ minibus licensing loophole must be closed, councils say

05/12/2016

A ‘worrying’ licensing loophole that allows people to transport members of the public in minibuses without having a criminal record check must be closed, council chiefs urge.

Airbnb to enforce 90-day limit on rentals in London

02/12/2016

Council leaders have welcomed the announcement by Airbnb that it will ensure landlords have planning permission if they want to rent out their entire home for more than 90 days a year.

Fabric to reopen following new agreement with council

22/11/2016

Fabric nightclub will be allowed to reopen after it reached an agreement with Islington Council, setting out tough new licensing measures.

London council joins Kent's Licensing Partnership

16/11/2016

A London council has joined a Kent-based local authority licensing partnership in a bid to improve service delivery and save thousands of pounds.

Whitehall’s reluctance to tackle taxi loophole ‘deeply concerning’

02/11/2016

The Government's reluctance to tackle Rotherham taxi loophole is ‘deeply concerning’, say MPs.

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