Councils are taking steps in the right direction

19 October, 2007

The continued reduction in sales of alcohol to children is a step in the right direction for our communities. Councils are committed to protecting young people from the harmful effects of alcohol and binge-drinking, and it is testament to the hard work of council Trading Standards staff that the number of premises selling alcohol to children continues to fall.

Local councils are tackling alcohol-related crime by young people from a variety of angles, including carrying out test purchasing exercises and using licensing powers to review or revoke licenses of premises which flout the law and continually sell alcohol to children.

Councils will continue to work with the police to make sure that the positive work shown by these results continues. That means not just cracking down on shops which sell alcohol to under 18s, but also using police powers to target the adults who are illegally buying alcohol and selling it on to children.

Geoffrey Theobald

Chairman

LACORS (Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services)




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