A government consultation on plans to make significant amendments to the licensing regime will be condensed into six weeks as the Home Office works to present the changes to Parliament by October. The consultation will officially start next week and run through until early September. It includes plans to give local councils greater powers and for a levy against late-night operators. It is thought that government will also seek to address the issue of below-cost selling of alcohol in supermarkets in some way. The curtailed nature of the consultation is due to the government’s desire to include measures in the forthcoming Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill – due to be introduced in October. As part of the consultation, regional events will be held in Birmingham, Blackpool, Cardiff and London.