Personal Alcohol Licenses to stay
A recent government announcement revealed that Personal Alcohol Licences will not be abolished after hearing the views received from stakeholders during a two-month consultation by the Home Office.A basic disclosure certificate is required for a personal alcohol licence and has to be under 1 month old in order to be used in a personal alcohol licence application. CRB Checks for the hospitality industry are also popular with businesses employing key holders and cash handlers in their establishments.
As part of a wider strategy by the Government they requested views on abolishing the requirement to renew a personal licence every 10 years. They proposed to replace this with targeted and local alternatives which were expected to save businesses approximately £10m per year.However 352 responses received were largely against the proposal;
- 90% of the respondents believed it would undermine the licensing objectives
- 72% said the proposal would not reduce burdens in relation to time and money
- 78% thought most of the premises would require training conditions
Kate Nicholls from ALMR also commented on the decision: “We are pleased that the government has seen sense and decided to retain the well-regarded personal licence system, which has enhanced standards and contributed to increased professionalism across the industry. “Removing the personal licence would have been a retrograde step certain to result in additional bureaucracy at a local level. Nationally-recognised qualifications are crucial if we are to foster sustainable investment in training and allow businesses a fair and level playing field in which to trade.”