LGA briefing - Policing and Crime Bill, House of Lords, Third Reading, Monday 19 December 2016

Key messages

  • Collaboration agreements (Chapter 1): The proposals in Chapter 1 of the Bill to allow the three ‘bluelight' services to enter collaboration agreements will assist areas in building on the arrangements already in place across the country. It is however important that any new duty should not limit the ability of Fire and Rescue Authorities (FRAs) to collaborate on a wider basis, such as with the health service.
  • Police and Crime Commissioners: Fire and Rescue Functions (Chapter 2): We have supported amendments to Chapter 2 of the Bill, to ensure any proposals for the transfer of fire governance to Police and Crime Commissioners are supported by the relevant local authorities and local people following consultation. It is positive to see Police and Crime Commissioners will publish their response to the representations made on the consultation for governance changes.
  • Licensing (Part 7): We supported a new clause the on cumulative impact assessments, which clarifies that licensing authorities have a legal right to publish cumulative policies that enable them to take into account the impact of multiple existing premises in an area when considering new applications in that area. We have also called for the Licensing Act 2003 to be amended to promote the health and wellbeing of the local area.

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Policing and Crime Bill - Third Reading - House of Lords, 19 December 2016

16 December 2016