An evaluation of Scotland’s Licensing 2005 Act has been released, reporting positive impacts such as fewer irresponsible promotions and benefits of an appointed Licensing Standards Officer (LSO) for each council.
Scotland’s Licensing Act came into effect in September 2009 and outlawed promotions providing alcohol free of charge, or at a discounted price on the purchase of one or more drinks. It also banned licensed premises from offering happy hours, drinking games or speed drinking deals.
The report also found that mandatory training for LSOs, Board members and trade staff has increased knowledge and standards of professional practice. However the report also identified a number of challenges and less successful aspects, including limited progress on off-sales and the public health objective.