Christmas Chaos Warning
Whilst it may seem a tad early for the majority of people to be thinking of Christmas, that is not the case if you are in the pub and restaurant trade.
There is a warning that hundreds of local pubs and restaurants in the UK will be shut at Christmas, because they may miss the deadline for new drinks licences.
It seems that only 3% of licence holders across England and Wales have applied to their local authority for a licence.
August 6th is the deadline for applications.
The applications are compulsory following the passing of the 2003 Licensing Act, which transfers responsibility from magistrates to local councils.
Every premises selling alcohol, putting on entertainment or serving hot food (after 11pm) must apply for a new licence.
Councils have warned that they will not be able to cope with a deluge of late applications in July and early August, because many staff will be absent on summer holidays.
You have been warned!