Scottish pub body continues license fee rise fight

15 January 2008
Scottish pub body continues license fee rise fight

The Scottish Beer and Pub Association (SBPA) has called on all Scottish Licensing Boards to set only "fully justifiable" licensing fees under the terms of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.

This morning the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee agreed to defer final consideration of the Regulation until a meeting next week.

If the Committee rejects the proposals a motion to annul the proposals will be put forward to the Scottish Parliament.

SBPA Chief Executive Patrick Browne, said: "We will continue to try and have the Scottish Parliament secure safeguards in relation to the Fees Regulation currently being considered by it before passing the Regulation which could double the costs of licensing transition for the industry in Scotland to £20 million over the next eighteen months."

An open letter has been sent by the SBPA to all licensing boards today asking for set fee levels "which are appropriate and fully justifiable".

From the 1 February the cost of a premises licence for the smallest Scottish pub is set to increase to £400.

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by Christopher Walton

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