Live Music Revolution: Small Venues No Longer Need To Be Licensed

Live Music Revolution: Small Venues No Longer Need To Be Licensed

Live music performances for 100 people or less will no longer need to be licensed, under proposals announced today by Licensing Minister Gerry Sutcliffe. An exemption from the Licensing Act for small live music events would make it easier for a wide range of venues to put on live music, and help musicians who want to play to a live audience.

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Former Drag Queen Branded “Faggot” & “Poof” Wins £30,000

Former Drag Queen Branded “Faggot” & “Poof” Wins £30,000

A former drag queen, Dean Awford, 42, who used to appear in clubs in Birmingham and Manchester as ‘Scarlett Eclipse’, has won £30,000 for unfair dismissal after he sued former boss David Gray of Gray’s At The Northwick in Worcester. Mr. Awford claimed Mr. Gray called him a “faggot” and a “poof”; repeatedly referred to him as “she” and “her”; and once told a customer he had “knickers to match” his leather shoes. Despite having his claim for sexual orientation…

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Government Plan To Penalise Disruptive Road Works

Government Plan To Penalise Disruptive Road Works

Utility companies who do not finish their road works on time will face increased charges under new plans announced by Transport Minister Sadiq Khan MP. The New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 sets out the current regulatory regime for street works.  This was amended by the Traffic Management Act 2004, which introduced powers for local authorities to operate a permit scheme. So-called “statutory undertakers” – mainly utility companies – have a statutory right to…

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Heathrow Strike Action Averted

Heathrow Strike Action Averted

Following discussions with SAS Ground Services UK Ltd (SGS) and Acas, Unite union has agreed to suspend the strike action proposed for Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th December, 2009, plus Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th January, 2010. Baggage handlers and check-in staff employed by SGS were to embark on a series of 48 hour strikes beginning on 22nd December, lasting into the new year, in a bid to settle a pay…

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Ticketmaster / Live Nation Merger Approved

Ticketmaster / Live Nation Merger Approved

The Competition Commission (CC) has decided to clear the proposed merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation in the UK. Both Ticketmaster and Live Nation operate in the live music and entertainment industry.  Ticketmaster is a ticketing agent, whilst Live Nation is a live music promoter and venue operator.  The companies are headquartered in the USA and, in addition to the CC inquiry, the merger is being investigated by competition authorities across the Atlantic. Under the Enterprise Act…

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New Year House Prices Cheer

New Year House Prices Cheer

November data from Land Registry’s flagship House Price Index shows a positive monthly house price change of 0.9 per cent, which is the sixth month in a row in which the movement has been above nought per cent. The annual house price change stands at -0.3 per cent. This is the seventh month in a row in which the annual rate of decline has decreased.  The average house price in England and Wales is now…

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Bogus Brides And Grooms Face Jail And Deportation

Bogus Brides And Grooms Face Jail And Deportation

Two Czechs, four Nigerians and one Slovakian, involved an international marriage scam in West Yorkshire, have received jail sentences of 13 years (two years suspended) after pleading guilty at Leeds Crown Court. Their convictions follow coordinated arrests earlier this summer across the north of England in an operation led by the UK Border Agency and supported by West Yorkshire Police. Many of those arrested were apprehended heading for the West Yorkshire churches of St Philip…

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UK Unemployment Falls For First Time In 21 Months

UK Unemployment Falls For First Time In 21 Months

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit – Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) – has fallen for the first time in 21 months.  Today’s employment figures published by the Office for National Statistics show: There were 191,000 redundancies in August to October, down 42,000 on the previous quarter but up 12,000 on the same quarter last year.

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Extension Of 20mph Schemes – No Speed Humps Required

Extension Of 20mph Schemes – No Speed Humps Required

New proposals to allow councils to put in place 20 mph schemes over groups of streets without the need for traffic calming measures such as speed humps have been announced by Road Safety Minister Paul Clark. The Government is encouraging local councils to introduce 20 mph schemes on residential streets and other roads where cycle and pedestrian traffic is high, such as around schools, shops and parks.

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Bradshaw Announces Jobs Boost For Young People

Bradshaw Announces Jobs Boost For Young People

More than 600 new jobs in the cultural, creative and sport sectors have been announced by Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw, in a range of projects aimed at getting young people out of unemployment and onto the first rung of the career ladder. Future Jobs Fund money has been confirmed for jobs around England and Wales in sectors as diverse as theatres and music venues, digital archiving, media production and the furthering the Olympic sporting legacy.

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