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Licensing Act Changes October 2012

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Live music

The much-anticipated deregulation of live music comes into effect today. This means that performances of live music between 08.00 and 23.00 will not require permission. For amplified music, the audience can be a maximum of 200.  For unamplified music, there is no restriction.  The final revised guidance is not yet out but it seems, possibly unintentionally, that karaoke may also become deregulated.

Early Morning Restriction Orders

This is the power for Local Authorities to consider a restriction on opening hours of anywhere between 12.00 midnight and 06.00 in a particular area.  The rules are complex and will be difficult for Local Authorities to implement.

Late Night Levy

This is the power to charge an additional levy to premises which open late at night with an estimated cost of £768.00 for a typical pub.  The Local Authority can choose a levy period between 12.00 midnight and 06.00.  The aim of the measure is to pay for the additional costs of policing.  Again the regulations are complex and will be difficult to implement and the incentive on Local Authorities to introduce the levy given that they have to give most of the money raised by the Police is not great.  Some Authorities are known to be giving this matter some thought, for example, Nottingham where the Leader of the Council is also Chair of the Police Authority.

Smoke-free signs regulations

The regulations have changed so that the only obligation now is to display one legible no smoking sign.

Minimum wage

The minimum wage will rise to £6.19 for workers aged 21 and over.  The rate for 18 to 20-year-olds of £4.98 remains the same as does the rate for 16 to 17-year-olds, £3.68.

For further information, contact Andrew Cochrane.

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