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The power to commission PrEP

A Court of Appeal ruling that NHS England had power to commission the anti-retroviral drug PrEP will be welcomed by councils. Monica Blades-Chase explains the judgment.

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Nov 15, 2017

Minimum alcohol pricing legislation in Scotland is lawful, Supreme Court rules

Legislation in Scotland for the introduction of minimum alcohol pricing does not breach EU law and is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim, the Supreme Court has ruled.
Nov 08, 2017

Government rejects call from peers for licensing committees to be abolished

The Government has ruled out implementing “at this time” a controversial recommendation from a House of Lords committee that licensing committees should be abolished and their functions transferred to planning committees.
Oct 24, 2017

Welsh Government unveils Bill for minimum alcohol pricing

A Bill that would see local authorities enforce a minimum price for alcohol sales in Wales has been introduced by the Welsh Government.
May 02, 2017

Date set for Supreme Court hearing in minimum alcohol pricing case

The Supreme Court will hear the dispute over the planned introduction of alcohol minimum pricing in Scotland in July, it has been confirmed.
Mar 30, 2017

Changes to summary licence reviews

Anna Mathias discusses significant changes to the summary reviews procedure which will come into force on 6 April.

Features and analysis

The LGA on licensing fees, public health

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The Local Government Association has responded to a recent Institute of Alcohol Studies report on the Licensing Act 2003. Paddy Whur examines what they had to say.

Devolution Act gets Royal Assent

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Legislation aimed at delivering the Government's devolution agenda has received Royal Assent. Judith Barnes sets out the key measures.

The Care Act 2014 - six months on

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Has the Care Act 2014 been successful since it came into force? Carolyn Hunnisett talks to LexisNexis about the positives and the negatives of a landmark piece of legislation.

The Greater Manchester deal

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Last month groundbreaking plans were announced around the integration of health and social care in Greater Manchester. David Fagan looks at the legal issues that the arrangements could raise.

Older articles

Sep 01, 2016

Make health material consideration in planning and licensing law: MPs

The Government must make good on its commitment to health in all policies by enshrining health as a material consideration in planning and licensing law, MPs have said.
Jul 29, 2016

Council hails impact of legal action after fertility services decision reversed

Hartlepool Borough Council has hailed the impact of its decision to bring a High Court challenge over a NHS decision to end licensed fertility services in the town, after a clinical commissioning group decided not to implement its decision.
Jul 04, 2016

Peers issue call for evidence on Licensing Act 2003, appoint Clover to advise

The House of Lords select committee investigating the effectiveness of the Licensing Act 2003 has published a call for evidence.
Jul 01, 2016

Licensing Act to remain "fundamental pillar" of regulation: Home Office

The Licensing Act 2003 is to remain “a fundamental pillar in both national and local regulatory frameworks”, a Home Office paper for a House of Lords committee has stated.
May 31, 2016

LGA publishes guide for councils on Psychoactive Substances Act

The Local Government Association has published a guide to the Psychoactive Substances Act, which came into force last month and introduces a blanket ban on the production and distribution of such substances.
May 24, 2016

Council secures first conviction of shopkeeper for sales below minimum price

A Gateshead shopkeeper has been prosecuted for selling alcohol below the minimum price in what is thought to be the first case of its kind under the Licensing Act 2003.
Apr 07, 2016

The LGA on licensing fees, public health

The Local Government Association has responded to a recent Institute of Alcohol Studies report on the Licensing Act 2003. Paddy Whur examines what they had to say.
Mar 22, 2016

Councils and NHS England row over who picks up bill for new HIV treatment

The Local Government Association has accused NHS England of “a selective and untenable reading” of regulations after the health body announced that councils are to be responsible for funding a new HIV treatment.
Feb 15, 2016

Directors call for public health objective in revamped Licensing Act

Nine out of ten Directors of Public Health at local authorities want a public health objective to be included in a revamped Licensing Act, according to a survey carried out by the Local Government Association.
Feb 04, 2016

Devolution Act gets Royal Assent

Legislation aimed at delivering the Government's devolution agenda has received Royal Assent. Judith Barnes sets out the key measures.
Jan 20, 2016

Competition watchdog warns councils over high-strength alcohol schemes

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has warned local authorities that schemes aimed at reducing consumption of high-strength alcohol must not breach competition law.
Jan 05, 2016

European Court ruling on minimum alcohol pricing a "score draw", says QC

The Court of Justice of the European Union’s judgment concerning the Scottish Government’s minimum alcohol pricing proposal was a “score draw” and there will be further litigation, a leading licensing QC has said.
Nov 19, 2015

The Care Act 2014 - six months on

Has the Care Act 2014 been successful since it came into force? Carolyn Hunnisett talks to LexisNexis about the positives and the negatives of a landmark piece of legislation.
Sep 03, 2015

Burger van owners take council to court over school exclusion zone

The owners of five burger vans this week took North Lanarkshire Council to court over its imposition of a 250m exclusion zone around schools, it has been reported.
Sep 03, 2015

Advocate General issues opinion over minimum unit pricing for alcohol

EU laws do not preclude members states from imposing a minimum retail price for alcoholic beverages to combat alcohol abuse, according to a much-anticipated opinion from the Advocate General.
Mar 12, 2015

The Greater Manchester deal

Last month groundbreaking plans were announced around the integration of health and social care in Greater Manchester. David Fagan looks at the legal issues that the arrangements could raise.
Feb 27, 2015

Ministers predict rise in spend on SMEs as procurement reforms come into force

The Home Office has published additional guidance for health bodies on exercising functions under the Licensing Act 2003.
Feb 26, 2015

Departing from a cumulative impact policy

When should a licensing authority depart from its cumulative impact policy and grant a new premises licence? Paddy Whur reports on a recent decision in Cardiff.
Feb 25, 2015

Greater Manchester to win decision-making powers in health and social care

Greater Manchester could be allowed to make its own decisions around health and social care if negotiations with the Government about a new partnership agreement come to fruition.
Dec 17, 2014

LGA publishes guidance on legal issues around Reducing the Strength schemes

The Local Government Association has published guidance for licensing authorities on ‘Reducing the Strength’ schemes and competition law issues.

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