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Hackney’s new Licensing Policy causes uproar

Obtaining late-hours for alcohol-licensed premises in Hackney has been a challenge for some time now. However, it’s not been completely impossible, as we have previously shown, even when facing opposition from the licensing authority itself. Regrettably, a difficult task is likely to become even harder now that Hackney Council has unanimously adopted a new licensing policy under which: at weekends, […]

Gambling Commission publishes its 2017-18 Annual Report

The Gambling Commission has today published its Annual Report that looks back at performance and progress by the regulator over the last financial year. It can be downloaded below. Introducing the Annual Report on its website, the Commission states as follows: 2017-18 saw a clear focus on change for both the industry and the Commission including the launch […]

Measuring gambling-related harms – a framework for action

The Gambling Commission has published a report that contains what it describes as “a ground-breaking approach to understanding the full range of harms gambling can have on society“. The report can be downloaded below. The research was led by Dr Heather Wardle, on behalf of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) and is the result of close collaboration […]

House of Commons Library publishes 3 alcohol licensing briefing papers

The House of Commons Library research service provides MPs and their staff with the impartial briefing and evidence base they need to do their work in scrutinising Government, proposing legislation, and supporting constituents. It has recently published alcohol licensing-related briefing papers on the following three subjects (that can be downloaded below): the mandatory licensing conditions that […]

Tim Miller speech at World GES calls for greater collaboration on problem gambling

Yesterday, at the World Gaming Executive Summit in Barcelona, Tim Miller, Executive Director at the Gambling Commission, delivered a speech focusing on problem gambling. His speech can be downloaded below. Last month David Clifton identified in his monthly “Licensing Expert” article for SBC News the Commission’s increasing use of the word “collaboration”. That same word was very evident […]

PPL consults on changes to its Specially Featured Entertainment tariff

Established in 1934 to ensure that those who invest their time, talent and money to make recorded music are fairly paid for their work, PPL licenses recorded music played in public or broadcast and then distributes the licence fees to its performer and recording rights-holder members. It is consulting on potential changes to its “Specially Featured Entertainment” […]