The government has confirmed that it is to review the Licensing Act three months after it comes into force, nine months earlier than previous stated. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport said: "This will be a review of the guidance, to look at ensuring that it is doing its job." Theresa May, the Shadow Culture Secretary, told The Times: "What amounts to little more than ministerial tinkering is simply too little too late. "Rather than introduce new laws and change them within three months, the government should delay the November implementation, full stop, to give certainty for business and local authorities. "We will be mounting a strong campaign to derail the change when Parliament returns." Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart, chairman of the Local Government Association, said: "We have always welcomed the switch from magistrates' courts to councils. But unfortunately, we have found in practice that the guidance is in need of tightening up. "In many cases, it has given priority to extended opening hours even if this went against the wishes of many local people. We must ensure that residents are given the voice that they deserve and now very much look forward to working with the Government on this matter."