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Review of Alcohol Licensing Fees - Steering Group: Recommendations to Scottish Ministers

Review of Alcohol Licensing Fees - Steering Group: Recommendations to Scottish Ministers

Monday, February 10, 2014

ISBN: 9781784122348

A steering group was assembled to carry out a review of alcohol licensing fees. The group was made up of representatives from the on and off trade as well as from Licensing Boards with a remit to: Set the parameters for research to be carried out by an independent contractor; Consider the findings of the research and any implications for the alcohol licensing regime in Scotland; Agree recommendations to Scottish Ministers

Executive Summary

Although the Steering Group concluded that the current fees regime could be improved, there was no consensus regarding whether an alternative approach should be based on turnover, square footage, or modifications to the existing regime. There were those in favour of each of these options, and it was not possible to resolve these issues definitively based on the evidence provided by the research commissioned.

Therefore, it was decided that at this stage it is not possible to justify taking a fundamentally different approach from the current system based upon rateable value.

There were a number of recommendations that the group agreed were necessary and appropriate at this stage, such as amending the occasional fees, considering whether the special status awarded to members clubs is still appropriate, and putting a duty on Boards to report their fee income and expenditure.