A consultation opened today to gather feedback on proposed changes to alcohol and public entertainment licences. The drafted changes aim to reduce the administration required by moving away from a three yearly (triennial) application process, to a rolling licence with an annual fee.

This means that licence holders will automatically have their licence continue year-on-year if they continue to meet industry standards, and have not been subject to any enforcement action.  There are also proposals to include changes to the types of licence available, expanding to cover mobile or ‘pop up’ licences, and greater flexibility for events.

Minister for Justice and Home Affairs, Jane Poole-Wilson said: ‘We really want to hear comments and suggestions on what we’ve drafted so far – we need feedback and real world scenarios to ensure that we’re getting this right. Once we’ve collected this information over the six week consultation period, we’ll make any final adaptations before bringing the regulations to Tynwald.

‘We hope that we’ve put together initial changes that will make positive practical progress for the people who are subject to licensing, and make the process more efficient for users.’


Crossroads, will be providing its staff members with mental health and wellbeing first aid training thanks to Manx Lottery Trust funding.

The charity’s support services include care at home, day care for older people and adults with disabilities, and independent living support. Their services create an immediate and sustained respite for those with caring responsibilities. The charity also runs several community initiatives, including the Crossroads Manx Workshop which strives to empower individuals with long-term health conditions and disabilities through training and skills building.

The charity, which is based in Douglas, has been awarded £1,188 from the Manx Lottery Trust and will be using the funds to facilitate an Isle Listen Mental Health and Wellbeing First Aid Training Course for its staff members.

Jackie Betteridge, CEO of Crossroads, said: ‘We can’t thank the Manx Lottery Trust enough for their support with this important project. The mental health and wellbeing first aid training course has been designed to enable people in the workplace to spot the first signs of a mental health condition, and at Crossroads we want to ensure our staff are well supported in responding to these issues – especially given the situations our workers sometimes face. This training will provide our employees with improved knowledge of mental health and will equip them with the skills they need to ensure all our stakeholders, whether that’s another staff member, a volunteer, or one of our service users, feel emotionally supported.’


Tomorrow sees the Commonwealth Games get underway and we just wanted to say a big good luck to all of Team Isle of Man and congratulations to whoever did this, you’ve already got the gold!