A village decides to raise funds for the local children’s hospice. A tombola is included amongst the attractions. A villager donates a bottle of beer. The event is now deemed to be one "selling alcohol" and requires a Temporary Event Notice under the 2003 Act. In order to get such a licence a 5 page form has to be completed and sent to the relevant County Council within strict time deadlines. The form has to be in triplicate: 1 for the applicant 1 for the CC and 1 for the Local Police service. Costs are incurred for the applicant (time, copying and postage). The County Council has a designated officer to deal with such applications. The Police receive the notice and, after processing, have to determine whether a visit to the site is required in order to decide whether policing at the event is necessary given the sale of alcohol. The final indignity for the village's charitable effort is that the licence costs £21

Why is this idea important?

The Government seems rightly committed to the increasing involvement of the Voluntary Sector in all manner of enterprises. Charities face all the usual hurdles of bureaucracy, health&safety, data protection, political correctness and compliance with the complexities of the recent Charities Act. Hopefully, under other suggestions made to Your Freedom, some of these high level burdens will be lightened but, at grass root level, ridiculous regulation such as described above can do nothing other than feed bureaucracy and kill the motivation of people wanting to be of help to the community. Many Councils may always enjoy the creation of such a nonjob as policing this law but I cannot imagine that it is anything other than a significant irritation and cost to the hardpressed Police Service

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