The document states that over the last decade in around half of all violent incidents the victim believed the offender to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the offence.
Given the association between alcohol use and violence reducing consumption is said to be beneficial for crime prevention. The document acknowledges that the trend in alcohol-related crime and disorder has moved in the right direction consistently over the past decade but states the harms associated with alcohol remain too high.
The strategy states that preventing alcohol-related crime and disorder requires a three-pronged approach stating all those with a stake in the evening and night time economy have the responsibility to secure the effectiveness of the approach by:
- Improving local intelligence so that decisions taken about the sale of alcohol and the management of the evening and night time economy are based on reliable data and the latest evidence
- Establishing effective local partnerships where all those involved in the operation and management of the evening and night time economy work together so that people can enjoy a safe night out without fear of becoming a victim of alcohol-related crime or disorder, whilst also enabling local economies to grow
- Equipping the Police and Local Authorities with the right powers so they can prevent problems and take swift and decisive action after they have occurred.
The Government is clearly continuing to support partnership-based initiatives and in trying to equip local authorities and the Police with the right powers are proposing to improve the Late Night Levy by making it more flexible; by putting cumulative policies on a statutory footing; to strengthen the ability of authorities to control the availability of alcohol.
The Government are also consulting on a group review intervention to enable Licensable Authorities to consider the Licensing conditions of a group of premises to address problems in a specific location and also to future-proof changes to the Police workforce by giving civilian staff powers of entry to enter and inspect Licensed Premises.
The Government are also proposing to introduce sobriety as a Court imposed community order to reduce alcohol-related reoffending.
For further information, please contact Andrew Cochrane.