Coalition government consults on reform of Licensing Act

Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010


Proposals for tough new measures to crack down on problem premises and more powers for local communities to influence licensing decisions were unveiled by the government today.


Ahead of a major speech on anti-social behaviour Home Secretary Theresa May outlined a range of options to overhaul the Licensing Act. Measures for consultation include:


Home Secretary Theresa May said: 'The benefits promised by the 24 hour drinking ‘café culture’ have failed to materialise and in its place we have seen an increase in the number of alcohol related incidents and drink-fuelled crime and disorder.


'We know that the majority of pubs and bars are well run business but the Government believes that the system needs to be rebalanced in favour of the local communities they serve with tougher action taken to crack down on the small number of premises who cause problems.'


Last year there were almost one million violent crimes that were alcohol related, with a fifth of all violent incidents taking place in or around a pub or club, and almost two-thirds of these happen at night. As well as this the total cost of alcohol-related crime and disorder to the taxpayer is estimated to be between £8bn and £13bn.


Notes to editors

1. The government’s public consultation will run for six weeks and seeks a views on a range of proposals to tackle alcohol related crime and disorder. The consultation paper Rebalancing the Licensing Act – a consultation on empowering individuals, families and local communities to shape and determine local licensing will be available from midday 28 July.


Download The consultation paper Rebalancing the Licensing Act Here ( Adobe pdf icon small 362kb)


2. The government’s coalition programme includes the following commitments:


For more details, visit the programme for government website, or call the Home Office newsdesk on 020 7035 3535.