Consultation on deregulation of the Licensing Act - Fri 14 Oct 2011

This from Voluntary Arts Network today - please feel free to respond to the DCMS as suggested (note the deadline dates):

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched a consultation on proposals to deregulate Schedule 1 of the Licensing Act 2003 relating to the performance of regulated entertainment.

The consultation seeks views on the removal in certain circumstances of the requirement for a licence in England and Wales to host a performance of a play, an exhibition of a film, an indoor sporting event, a performance of live music, any playing of recorded music, or a performance of dance.

Voluntary Arts Chief Executive Robin Simpson said: “The escalating burden of entertainment licensing and similar regulation has in recent years been a major obstacle to voluntary arts groups putting on small local events and performances… The complexity and cost of regulation originally intended for much larger-scale events has had a detrimental effect on the tens of thousands of volunteers who give up their own free time for the benefit of their communities. Voluntary Arts therefore welcomes these proposals to reduce the regulatory burden on the amateur groups and individuals that contribute to the Government’s vision of a Big Society.”

Voluntary Arts is preparing a formal response to the consultation and seeks your views. If you would like to participate, please read the consultation document at www.culture.gov.uk/images/consultations/consultation_deregulation-scheduleone_2011_vs2.pdf and send your comments to info@voluntaryarts.org by Friday 11 November 2011.

Alternatively, if you wish to respond directly to DCMS by email to regulated_entertainment_consultation@culture.gsi.gov.uk then the final deadline is 3 December 2011. If you would like to copy in the email address info@voluntaryarts.org we would be pleased to take your response into consideration if there is time to do so.

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