The Local Government
Association has published two new licensing handbooks in support of Licensing
Licensing Act 2003 - Councillor’s handbook (England and
In 2016 the Government published the Modern Crime
Prevention Strategy which, amongst other things, set out a vision for how the
Government planned to address alcohol-related crime and disorder in the night
time economy and, in particular, promotes the role that partnership working can
play in addressing issues.
The LGA are pleased that since the strategy was published
we have seen some further steps towards encouraging more localised approaches
in licensing, for example new powers under the Policing and Crime Act 2017 mark
a positive step in terms of giving licensing authorities the power to make
assessments at a local level about what interventions could be helpful.
However, there is still more that can be done locally to strengthen approaches
to licensing and they hope this handbook will act as a helpful tool for
licensing authorities in carrying out their functions under the Licensing Act.
You can find the handbook at the following link:
Licensing Act 2003 -
Councillor's Handbook England & Wales
Approaches to managing the night-time economy
As licensing authorities, councils play an important role
in regulating the night-time economy. A clear vision for the night-time,
underpinned by a statement of licensing policy, can go a long way to setting
the right tone, but it is the partnership approaches which have been held up as
being most effective.
This publication brings together examples of initiatives
driven by councils and their partners which have sought to address the issues
they have faced locally.
Approaches to Managing the Night-Time Economy