Magazine article Public Finance

LGA Speaks out over Resources as Government Keeps Licensing Laws

Magazine article Public Finance

LGA Speaks out over Resources as Government Keeps Licensing Laws

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Local government leaders have attacked the government's determination to retain the Licensing Act while putting the onus on councils to deal with related problems.

Local Government Association chair Sir Simon Milton hit out at the legislation, which the government had hoped would reduce problems caused by binge drinking, particularly among young people.

Milton criticised the 2005 Act which he said was stretching police resources and disrupting communities. "The real problem about alcohol violence going later into the night is not simply to do with the clock

'First of all, if you are a resident who's disturbed at night and it's three o'clock in the morning, your chances of getting back to sleep after that are much less, but also policing resources are being stretched further into the night.'

The government published its review of the Licensing Act on March 4 and concluded that the laws should remain in place. …

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