Licensing changes "a disaster": ACS

08 September, 2010

Licensing changes would be disastrous for shops, the Association of Convenience Stores has warned.

In its response to the Home Office consultation on "rebalancing" the Licensing Act, the group said the planned changes would not work and would cost convenience retailers at least £11 million.

Chief executive James Lowman said: “The proposed changes to the licensing system would be a disaster for local shops.

"We fear that government is advancing at breakneck speed towards a raft of policy changes that are based in poor evidence and will lead to more difficulties for local authorities, more cost for businesses and more problems for communities.”

The six-week long consultation closes today.




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