Licensing 'should hinge on health'

30 May, 2008

Off-licences should only be granted licences if councillors are convinced they will not cause local health problems , according to a new report.

Liverpool's Health is Wealth commission - set up to address some of the region's health-related problems - has issued

a report calling for a health impact assessment to be made when licensing applications are received.

Although such studies would have no legal backing, as they would sit outside the licensing objectives in the current legislation, the commission hopes to lobby politicians to give licensing committees the right to include health assessment in their licensing policies.

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