Lords push on with establishing the ‘agent of change’ principle into UK law

May 2017

Live events sector


Cross-sector trade group UK Music has welcomed new recommendations made by a House Of Lords Select Committee a call to extend the the ‘agent of change’ principle to revisions of the Licensing Law. The Committee that has been reviewing the licensing rules that impact on concerts and venues and said that the 2012 Live Music Act, which aimed to simplify the licensing process for smaller gigs, was working well. They also said that the appointment of ‘night czars’ in cities to focus on the local night-time economy were a positive move.


Extending the agent of change principle was a key recommendation. The UK government already has proposals to boost ‘agent of change’ protections to safeguard music venues from new property developments under the National Planning Policy Framework.


The Lords’ Committee has also proposed that the ‘late night levy’  which can be imposed by local authorities on late night licensed premises  should be abolished on the basis that it is a burden on pubs and clubs, and was not  contributing to local policing costs as had been originally intended.


For UK Music Jo Dipple said: “UK Music asks government to take forward the Lords suggestion that a full ‘agent of change’ principle for planning and licensing guidance be introduced. If implemented, recommendations to introduce an agent of change principle and ditch the late night levy will make a big difference to the provision of music across the UK’s cities and regions”.
The Lords didn’t back another of UK Music’s proposals – which was to introduce a fifth licensing objective. The current objectives mean that all licence applications must comply with four licensing objectives:
– the prevention of crime and disorder.

– public safety.

– the prevention of public nuisance.

– the protection of children from harm.
UK Music would like licence applications to have a ‘cultural benefit’ criteria also considered, which would allow local authorities to co.nsiderthe positive cultural impacts of events and venues seeking a licence or a renewal.
Still, as Meatloaf sang, “Don’t feel sad, (coz) two out of three ain’t bad”
And more here https://www.iq-mag.net/2017/04/licensing-act-2003-fundamentally-flawed-lords/#.WOeGivnyuM9

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