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Councils still failing to issue alcohol licences
Hundreds of alcohol outlets in Scotland are trading without a licence nearly a year after the introduction of the new Licensing Act, the Herald reports today.
The paper quotes Government figures that show that one authority, Falkirk, has yet to issue any premises licences under the new system, and a number of others have issued licences to less than 50% of outlets, which include public houses, clubs and off-sales.
Councils blame the number of applications, financial restrictions and vague Government guidelines, but say they are reducing their backlogs.
Police and enforcement officers are having to turn a blind eye to the technical requirements of the law to display the licence and its conditions.