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Brown sets out Fair Rules strategy

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The Prime Minister has set out the Government's 'fair rules' agenda, outlining policy initiatives designed to support communities.

The measures for town centres include: reclassifying lap dancing clubs as 'sex encounter establishments', working with local authorities to make it easier for local people to register their concerns about irresponsible and illegal alcohol sales; and ensuring authorities have sufficient powers to prevent the inappropriate clustering of betting shops.

The 'Fair Rules for Strong Communities' is a cross government report produced by the Communities and Local Government department and the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit.

It has been published on the eve of the Queen's speech and sets out reforms covering welfare reform, crime and policing, children and young people, business rules, immigration and communities.

The report contains more than 50 measures, including a new 'one strike rule' for benefits cheats under which they could lose their benefits for up to four weeks.

Gordon Brown said: "As government takes action, we expect people to play their part in return, with clear consequences for those who do not. In a fair society that is what people would expect."

Communities Secretary Hazel Blears said: "People want to see fair rules that apply to everyone, and have a fair say in their communities. This is particularly true in tough economic times."

The press release in full

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