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BBPA voices concerns over Institute of Licensing consultation

02/10/15


The BBPA has expressed concerns over proposals from the Institute of Licensing to create a 'standard pool' of licensing conditions for pubs and other licensed premises and is opposing the concept. The BBPA has today responded in detail to an IOL consultation on the issue.


The BBPA believes that such a standard list could encourage the wholesale application of such conditions rather than considering each case on its merits. The response argues that conditions should be developed on a case-by-case basis and be appropriate and proportionate, wherever they are used.


The BBPA also takes issue with the standard conditions being put forward, some of which go further than existing legislation and are over-prescriptive and disproportionate.


BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds comments.


"I hope that the Institute of Licensing will listen to our concerns. While the proposals do attempt to highlight that blanket conditions are not appropriate, this itself shows the inherent problems with the approach they are trying to adopt. I hope they will think again and reassess the fundamental principles of what is being proposed. Pubs need less regulation rather than more. Conditions should only be applied to a Premises Licence when absolutely necessary and they must be appropriate to the style and type of operation in that premises."


Notes to editors:

The British Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies. The Association is more than a century old and was originally founded as the Brewers’ Society in 1904. Our members account for some 90 per cent of beer brewed in Britain today, and own around 20,000 of the nation’s pubs.




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Neil Williams
Head of Media
nwilliams@beerandpub.com
Tel: 020 7627 9156 / 07974 249 779


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