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'Too much pub red tape'

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A survey by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) says some councils are drowning pub operators in red tape.

The current round of licensing policy reviews being conducted by local licensing authorities shows vast differences in approach, says the BBPA.

"While there is only one Licensing Act covering England and Wales, local authorities are showing widely divergent ways of applying it - and the BBPA wants to know why," said BBPA chief executive Rob Hayward.

"If councils like Bromsgrove DC can keep their licensing policy to just seven pages, it is a mystery why others are so long and cover such a vast range of issues - especially when the act is working well."

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