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Thread #70681   Message #1322453
Posted By: The Shambles
10-Nov-04 - 12:05 PM
Thread Name: A little more news on Licensing
Subject: RE: A little more news on Licensing
For those who have been questioning whether the fees will indeed be set so that there is no difference in fee as a result of the inclusion of entertainment - this draft should lay there minds at rest.

The fact that news is possibly not as bad as some may have feared - does not make it good news - no matter how cheerfully Richard tries to present it. The DCMS are pretty good at doing their own spin - pehaps we can leave this to them?

The fact that it may not cost more in fees to provide entaintainment is not much consolation to the current 95% of licensed premises that do not currently pay to provide any and will have to pay considerably more than at present - to just provide alcohol. Paying for any musicians to perform on top of this, will be extra cost again.

Although the proposed fees may be lower than present PELs in some areas, the fact that a coffee bar or cafe not providing alcohol will have to apply and pay for a Premises Licence - just to enable them to have a piano player - is hardly going to encourage live music in these premises.