“The Government has confirmed that pubs, clubs and bars in England & Wales which are licensed to trade until 11pm, will be allowed to open for an additional two hours, on Friday 8 May and Saturday 9 May until 1am the following morning, to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day.
The order, laid in Parliament yesterday, will also apply to premises licensed to provide regulated entertainment such as music, dances, plays and films.
The benefit is that any licensed premises with relevant permissions where the terminal hour ends before 01:00 will not need to apply for a Temporary Event Notice to extend the hours to 01:00.
“The Home Secretary today has revealed plans to allow pubs, clubs and bars which are licensed to trade until 11pm to extend trade until 1am to celebrate VE day’s 75th anniversary. The proposed extension is for Friday 8 May and Saturday 9 May 2020.
This proposal will be subject to a short consultation with stakeholders, and we will announce once this has been completed.”
“This week the Welsh Government moved one step
closer to implementing minimum unit pricing (MUP) of 50p across Wales. Vaughan
Gething AM, Minister for Health and Social Services in Wales, announced in a
statement to members that 2nd March 2020 is the date when the regulations will
come into force, subject to agreement by the Welsh Assembly next month.
The Welsh Government had initially planned to
introduce MUP earlier this year, but faced resistance after Portugal raised an
objection to the proposal. Detailed justification was submitted by the Welsh
Government to the EU in response, and now they are progressing with the new
start date as announced.
In his statement to the Assembly, Mr Gething said “We
have worked closely with retailers, the alcohol industry, public health and
substance misuse stakeholders to develop guidance and additional supporting
materials about minimum pricing for alcohol.
We will introduce communications campaigns for
retailers and the general public in the run-up to implementation, which will
continue to promote the public health aims of the legislation.”
A report has been commissioned by the Welsh Government
to research the potential impact of introducing MUP on alcohol-dependent people
who will be affected most by its implementation, and is set to be published
later this month.”
“At a recent Cabinet meeting Liverpool City Council formally endorsed the Agent of Change principle and proposes to lobby Central Government for changes in licensing legislation to further support the existing and potential live music offer in the City.
The Agent of Change principle generally means that the person or business (i.e. the Agent) introducing a new land use is responsible for managing the impact of the change.
In relation to live music venues, the Agent of Change principle effectively means that where a music venue is in place before a proposed residential development, then the Developer would be responsible for ensuring that any noise from the music venue was not detrimental to any of the occupants of the new residential development”.