LICENSING
Live event industry

Pubs in Allerdale in North Cumbria have been forced to operate illegally because Allerdale Borough Council has failed to issue premises licences for licensed premises seemingly because of understaffing. Scores of pubs are believed to have been opening illegally for nearly two years because Under the Licensing Act 2003 pubs should have had their licences displayed behind the bar from November 24, 2005 – the first day of the Licensing Act. The council now say that it has authorised the recruitment of two members of staff for six months to shift the backlog and that “All private members’ clubs certificates have been issued, as have the biggest part of the premises licences for regulated entertainment (no alcohol), and most of the premises formerly holding off licences.” The British Beer & Pub Association added that the Council’s lack of action was inexcusable as it “it exposes licensees to threats of action because they don’t have a license,” and added that “given the expectations placed on our industry by local authorities, it’s only right that we set expectations on local authorities, and in this area they have fallen woefully short”

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