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News - 11 December 2009
Changes to music licences are unnecessary says LGA
The Government is proposing an exemption to the 2003 Licensing Act which would allow bars, clubs and cafes to put on live music for fewer than 100 people without the need for a licence. But the Local Government Association says changes are unnecessary and could lead to problems.
Allowing pubs and bars to put on live music without the need for a licence would mean a massive increase in complaints about noise, says the LGA.
Nine out of 10 council licensing officers said they believed that relaxing the rules for venues would lead to an increase in complaints about noise and nuisance according to a poll by the Local Government Association Group (LGA). More than half said they expected the increase to be considerable.
Councillors say that the size of an audience is not a good way of judging the likely impact of an event. The LGA believes that common sense measures to allow pubs and bars to put on live music with a minimum of bureaucracy are already in place and that further changes to the Act are unnecessary.
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