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Digital Subscriptions > The Oban Times & Lochaber Times > 2nd February 2017 > Voluntary groups to get free licences

Voluntary groups to get free licences

VOLUNTARY organisations will not have to pay a fee to hold events, Argyll and Bute Council has decided.

From November 1, 2016, a change in the law meant voluntary organisations running an event such as a dance will have to apply for a public entertainments licence, rather than, as previously, an occasional licence.

Councillors on the Protective Services and Licensing Committee were presented with three options to choose from: not charging voluntary groups, charging a £40 fee for the third and subsequent events, or ‘an alternative charging arrangement’.

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