UKH says licensing act proposals overwhelmingly positive

The Governnent is consulting on whether there is support for making permanent the alcohol licensing provisions in the Business and Planning Act 2020 or whether to return to the provisions in the Licensing Act 2003.

UKHospitality's Chief Executive Kate Nicholls responed,: “The proposals from the Home Office to make permanent a number of temporary measures introduced during the pandemic are overwhelmingly positive and we strongly urge the Government to do so.

“Extending on-sale licences to automatically include off-sales and expanding the Temporary Events Notices allowance are both measures UKHospitality has been asking the Government to make permanent and will allow venues to continue reaping the benefit from these expanded trading opportunities,'

“Taking advantage of these simple, practical changes shows that the Government understands the pressures the sector is under and, as with the extension to licensing hours for the King’s Coronation, wants to give operators the opportunity to boost revenue wherever possible.

“Reducing the burden of excessive and costly red tape is a priority for UKHospitality and I hope these proposals mark only the start of that process. The sector hopes to continue to work with Government on eliminating other unnecessary and prohibitive regulations, such as mandatory newspaper advertising for licence applications and the late-night levy,” concluded Kate.