Local responses to the Alcohol Licensing Act 2003: the case of Greater London.

Herring, Rachel and Thom, Betsy and Foster, John and Franey, Christine and Salazar, Claudia (2008) Local responses to the Alcohol Licensing Act 2003: the case of Greater London. Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, 15 (3). pp. 251-265. ISSN 0968-7637

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This paper describes a preliminary study of local implementation of the Licensing Act 2003 in Greater London. The study investigated variability in local polices, perceptions of the opportunities afforded by the changes in the licensing system and perceptions of barriers and problems arising in the initial implementation process during 2005. The research was conducted in two stages: an analysis of the licensing policies of the 33 London boroughs and open discussion, in-depth interviews conducted in five London boroughs with licensing officers and chairs of licensing committees (elected councillors). From the policy analysis and interviews it was evident that licensing authorities varied in their level of engagement in licensing matters. Although there were reservations, the majority of respondents welcomed the changes in the administration and procedures, in particular the opportunity to have more control of licensing in their locality. Overall respondents did not report major problems or difficulties arising from the new arrangements and the extension of hours. However, it was recognized that it was still too early in the process to draw firm conclusions.

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Research Areas:A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
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