The last Government severely restricted the number of times a year venues like village halls could run events with alcohol such as parties, dances, quiz nights, concerts etc. These events serve vital purposes: raising funds for the halls and for village charities. They are also a social keystone for the community. If the intention was to help local pubs the benefit is negligible, since these events attracted a different target audience entirely. There was no evidence there were any problems with noise, drunkeness etc either -many attendees are well past that stage anyway!

Why is this idea important?

Restricting funds for village halls will inevitably mean that when they come to need maintenance there will be no money, losing a key part of rural communities. Other village bodies suffer as well.  Like much else of Labour legislation, the impact was never properly thought through. Repeal please !

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