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Deregulation Act 2015
Subject: Law Lawmakers and Lawyers

The Deregulation Act has received Royal Assent. It contains miscellaneous regulatory reforms including the removal or reduction of burdens on businesses, civil society, individuals, public sector bodies and the taxpayer. These include measures relating to general and specific areas of business, companies and insolvency, the use of land, housing, transport, communications, the environment, education and training, entertainment, public authorities and the administration of justice. The Bill also provides for a duty on those exercising specified regulatory functions to have regard to the desirability of promoting economic growth. In addition the Bill will repeal legislation that is no longer of any practical use.

Many of the measures in the Act result from the government’s "Red Tape Challenge" programme which sought the views of businesses and the public on the removal and reform of areas of regulation.

The Deregulation Act 2015 (Commencement No. 1 and Transitional and Saving Provisions) Order 2015 brings into force the following provisions:

1 April 2015

* A personal licence to sell alcohol will last indefinitely rather than 10 years [Deregulation Act 2015 s.69] [EW].

26 May 2015

* Measures for the simplification of English apprenticeships [ss.3-5, sched.1pt.1];

* Relaxation of restrictions in London on short-term use of accommodation as temporary sleeping accommodation: use for up to 90 nights will not require planning permission [ss.44-45];

* Temporary event notices: increase in maximum number of events per year fromĀ  for “12” substitute “15” 9 [EW] [s.68].

* Sale of liqueur confectionery to children under 16 ceases to be an offence [s.70] [EW]

8 June 2015

* Removing the separate system for the registration of disabled instructors Simplify the regulation of driving instructors by [s.8(1),(3),(4),sched.2 pt.] [EW,S];

1 July 2015

* Amendments to Chapter 4 of Part 6 of the Housing Act 2004 regarding the protection of tenancy deposits in the private rented sector and reversing the Court of Appeal’s decision in the case of Superstrike v Rodrigues [2013] EWCA Civ 669 [ss.37-39] [E].

1 October 2015

* Licences to drive taxis and private hire vehicles will have a standard duration of three years for taxi and private hire vehicle driver licences, but may be less in particular circumstances, and private hire vehicle will have durations of five years or less in particular [s.10] [EW (other than London and Plymouth)];

* Clarification of the law relating to the sub-contracting of bookings from one private hire vehicle operator to another in the same or different licensing areas [s.11] [EW (other than London and Plymouth)];.

* Further changes in legislation relating to assured shorthold tenancies including the prevention of retaliatory evictions [ss.33-41] [E].


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