Government to consult on the abolition of Personal Alcohol Licences in England and Wales

Following the publication of their response to their consultation on their Alcohol Strategy, the Government has today announced a further consultation on whether personal licences in England and Wales, issued under the Licensing Act 2003, should be abolished. It is estimated that this action could save businesses some £10 million a year.

The Government has already committed to abolishing the requirement to renewing personal licences every 10 years in England and Wales, and the proposal to abolish personal licences altogether should be welcomed by the industry, removing both a financial and administrative burden. Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the BBPA has already been quoted as saying that they "support the Government's intention to free up responsible pub business and reduce costs".

The consultation, which can be accessed here, runs until the 7th November.

Should you require any further information in relation to this then please do not hesitate to contact Ewen Macgregor.

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