CCTV challenge refused
The High Court has refused permission for a judicial review challenge that contended South Cambridgeshire District Council's policy requiring taxis to be fitted with CCTV was irrational.
The Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill
The Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill is set to be scrapped by the Government. Restricting the keeping of primates as pets, banning the export of livestock for slaughter and further fattening and banning the import of dogs with cropped ears, were all commitments contained with the Bill.
It was also set to deal with livestock worrying, make pet theft a specific offence, and limit the non-commercial movement of dogs, cats and ferrets. The Bill had its first reading in June 2021, but has had no meaningful activity since November 2021.
The Government has said it will address these issues through smaller pieces of legislation.
Home Office Informal Licensing Act Fee Survey
The Home Office is conducting an informal licensing fee survey with all Licensing Authorities in England and Wales.
The aim of this survey, sent only to licensing authorities, is to help the Home Office understand the true administration costs to licensing authorities in dealing with alcohol licences, and in comparison to current, centrally set fees. They are keen to hear from all local licensing authorities in England and Wales who are responsible for the processing and enforcement of alcohol licences. You can access and complete the survey online by following this link. The more responses they get, the more likely they are to be able to address concerns which some have raised with them.
They will use the data gathered in this survey to help inform decisions on whether there should be changes to licencing fees. They will aim to keep you all updated on next steps as this work progresses once the survey closes on 22 June 2023.
Only one response is required from each licensing authority but this is a wonderful opportunity to address the shortfall that many authorities have in dealing with the Licensing Act 2003.
LGA Licensing Committee Training Resources
The LGA has developed a range of resources and handbooks to support licensing committees. The resources are valuable training aids that officers can utilise to assist new licensing committee members.
Training videos, e-learning and handbooks are available at the following link: https://www.local.gov.uk/licensing-committee-training-resources
NALEO Membership 2023-24
Membership Applications and Renewals are now available for 2023-24
Individual and corporate membership forms are available at the following links. Prices remain the same as the previous years.
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