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Poor adoption of drinking powers

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Just 17% of councils have used powers to prevent new licences being issued in areas seen as binge-drinking trouble spots.

Local government has been criticised for prioritising the needs of night-time economies over community safety following the revelation of its widespread failure to use the power granted by the Licensing Act 2003 to designate ‘saturation zones’.

A spokesman for Alcohol Concern said: “Areas which have the highest levels of alcohol-related health problems, like the north-east and northwest of England, often have the lowest number of saturation
areas.”

Local Government Association chairman Sir Simon Milton (Con) this week said that 24-hour pub opening had resulted in violence.

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