Trading standards, environmental health and licensing teams work hard to support local businesses by helping to explain complex legislation and cut through the red tape associated with regulation.

Their work is fundamental to creating a level playing field in which responsible businesses can flourish and local communities remain protected from rogues.

Councils take a risk-based approach to working with industry, which ensures that resource is focused on working with higher risk activities and non-compliant businesses.

For more information, please contact:

Ellie Greenwood: ellie.greenwood@local.gov.uk

Media releases and news

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Community safety

Relaxing minicab licensing could be devastating, council leaders warn

23 June 2014

Plans to relax rules on who is able to drive licensed minicabs will endanger lives, say council leaders.

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Community safety

Allow councils to use local health-related data when considering licensing – LGA

16 June 2014

The House of Lords is being urged to back plans to give councils the ability to limit the opening of late-night pubs, clubs and off licences in areas where alcohol-related health problems are rife.

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Community safety

Councils and charities sign landmark 250th ‘chuggers' agreement

6 June 2014

Councils and charities have signed a landmark 250th agreement aimed at improving standards and behaviours of direct debit street fundraisers – ‘chuggers' – and giving councils the power to take action.

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Community safety

Councils respond to Law Commission report on taxi and private hire vehicle regulation

22 May 2014

Cllr Tony Page, the Local Government Association's licensing spokesman responds to the Law Commission's report on taxi and private hire vehicle (PHV) regulation.

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Community safety

Taxi licensing reforms risk public safety

5 May 2014

Relaxing rules about who can drive licensed minicabs would place the public at risk, councils are warning today.

Briefings, responses and articles

LGA response: Consultation on data sharing for non-economic regulators

Data sharing is an issue of concern for councils in a number of different areas. The LGA welcomes this opportunity to comment on how to tackle this challenge.

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Transport

LGA briefing for Westminster Hall debate on reform of private hire vehicles

The LGA position ahead of this debate on 29 April 2014.

Locally-set licensing fees consultation: LGA response

The LGA has expressed concern about the complexity of proposals in the Home Office's consultation on localising fees under the Licensing Act.

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Culture

Advice for licensees showing World Cup 2014 games

The guidance is intended as a template for pubs, local authorities and police to work together to ensure that the World Cup is a successful and enjoyable occasion.

LGA Response: Consultation on changes to entertainment licensing

LGA Response: Consultation on changes to entertainment licensing

Taking action on alcohol

Councils up and down the country have been taking action as part of Alcohol Awareness Week.

Personal Alcohol Licences consultation – LGA response

The LGA has submitted its response to the Home Office consultation on the abolition of personal licence fees.

Locally set licence fees: LGA consultation on guidance

Councils are facing increased scrutiny with regards licensing particularly in relation to fees. The LGA is consulting on guidance to help councils understand the issues to be considered when setting local licence fees.

Regulatory Services training module for councillors

An online resource for councillors explaining how councils' regulatory services can be used to support and meet the needs of local businesses and residents.

LGA responds to Primary Authority Guidance consultation

The LGA supports Primary Authority as one of the key tools that councils can use to support businesses but has concerns over the introduction of compulsory inspection plans.

Publications

‘Open for business' – a vision for local regulation

The LGA has launched a ‘Vision for local regulation' which aims to recognise and build on the contribution local trading standards, environmental health and licensing teams can make to economic growth and job creation.

Regulation board papers

The Safer and Stronger Communities Board has responsibility for Local Government Association (LGA) activity in the promotion of the health and safety of local communities. Regulation and licensing are a regular feature in the agenda of the quarterly board meetings which can be found here. Below are the latest papers.

Update on regulatory service issues March 2014 (PDF, 4 pages, 176KB)

Discussion groups on Knowledge Hub

 

The LGA supports exchange of knowledge through confidential discussion groups:

Licensing

Animal Health and Welfare

Food Hygiene

Food Standards and Labelling

Health and Safety

Improving Air Quality

Industrial Pollution Control

Managing Regulatory Services

Trading Standards