The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has welcomed the announcement on 24th March that the government has dropped plans to abolish the Personal Licence after a survey found its members strongly opposed the change.
The survey, submitted as evidence to ministers, found 95% of BII members believed there was a continued need for the Personal Licence and that 91% felt that scrapping it would harm the professionalism of the trade. In addition, 89% felt that the move would undermine the work being done to improve standards and compliance within the sector. __ Today’s announcement that the plans to abolish the Personal Licence have been dropped was welcomed by BII Chief Executive Tim Hulme who said: “I am delighted that after hearing representations from the BII and the wider trade the government has made the right decision. Personal licences are a positive legacy of licensing reform, setting a benchmark in terms of training standards and helping to underline the professionalism inherent in the licensed trade. BII members had expressed grave concerns over the proposed changes to the personal licence system. We spoke to ministers about these concerns and it seems they listened to the trade’s views which is a very positive sign that Westminster is willing to work in partnership with the industry to get things right.”