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Remove leafleting restrictions for small-scale local events
  • Petitioning UK Government

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UK Government

Remove leafleting restrictions for small-scale local events

    1. Petition by

      Manifesto Club

Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, councils can designate areas within which people must buy a licence to hand out leaflets. Nearly a third of councils now restrict leafleting, and licences are prohibitively expensive.

These rules have been catastrophic for theatres, village halls, comedy clubs and small nightclubs, which rely on leafleting, but cannot afford such fees.

A flyer ban in Leicester Square caused the collapse of several comedy nights. One Women’s Institute was threatened with a fine for handing out leaflets about its art exhibition. Oxford student societies were asked to pay £100 a month for leafleting.

Leafleting is a key civic freedom, with a long tradition in this country, and should not be restricted without good reason. Litter can be dealt with through the proper provision of litter bins and other common-sense measures, rather than restrictions on people’s rights to use public space.

The 2005 Act already provides exemption for political and religious leafleting, or leafleting on behalf of a charity. The Government should amend the Act, to provide an additional exemption for leafleting for small-scale cultural and community events. 

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Read on:

Leaflet laws are killing comedy, say campaigners, Daily Telegraph

Letter to Daily Telegraph - signed by comedians, musicians, promoters

Give us back ancient leafleting rights, says Lib Dem peer, BBC News

Manifesto Club Campaign Against Leafleting Bans

Licensed leafleting means lost liberties in Britain, Free Speech Debate

To:
UK Government
Remove leafleting restrictions for small-scale local events

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Last day to tell Defra to change the rules on leafleting

      The Defra consultation to change the rules on leafleting is closing today.

      If you haven't yet had a chance to respond, please do so today. The more responses from grassroots/arts groups, the better our chance of changing this restrictive law.

      The consultation is here: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/communications/leafleting-restrictions-and-litter-call-for-evide

      Please do send this around your friends/colleagues.

      thanks and all the best
      Josie

      Leafleting restrictions and litter: call for evidence

      Defra is currently undertaking a review of its guidance for local authorities in England on Part 4 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 as amended by the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. We are beginning our review with chapter 8 of the guidance " Controlling the distribution of free literature".

    2. Last day to tell Defra to change the law on leafleting

      The Defra consultation to change the rules on leafleting is closing today.

      If you haven't yet had a chance to respond, please do so today. The more responses from grassroots/arts groups, the better our chance of changing the rules.

      The consultation is here: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/communications/leafleting-restrictions-and-litter-call-for-evide

      Please do send this around your friends/colleagues.

      thanks and all the best
      Josie

      Leafleting restrictions and litter: call for evidence

      Defra is currently undertaking a review of its guidance for local authorities in England on Part 4 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 as amended by the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. We are beginning our review with chapter 8 of the guidance " Controlling the distribution of free literature".

    3. Defra consultation on leafleting - please respond!

      Good news - Defra has responded to this campaign to change the restrictions on leafleting for small groups; it has launched a consultation, and will produce new guidance for local authorities. Defra says: 'We value the contribution made to communities by small scale live entertainment and events, and do not want people to be put off organising them because of unnecessary bureaucracy'. Please do respond to the consultation! Include any pertinent examples of the effect leafleting licences can have on small groups. https://consult.defra.gov.uk/communications/leafleting-restrictions-and-litter-call-for-evide

      Leafleting restrictions and litter: call for evidence

      Defra is currently undertaking a review of its guidance for local authorities in England on Part 4 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 as amended by the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. We are beginning our review with chapter 8 of the guidance " Controlling the distribution of free literature".

    4. Reached 1,500 signatures
    5. Bill to change the law - will be debated on 5 July

      Tim Clement Jones' Cultural and Community Distribution Deregulation Bill would exempt local events from requirement to buy a licence. The Bill is due a second reading on 5 July. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/lbill/2013-2014/0007/lbill_2013-20140007_en_1.htm

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. Draft Bill to change the law on leafleting

      Lord Clement Jones has prepared a draft private members' bill to change the law on leafleting - which will have its first reading in May.

      See the text of the Bill here... http://www.manifestoclub.com/files/Bill%20for%20deregulation%20of%20leafleting.pdf

    8. Reached 750 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Dave thorpe LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 8 days ago

      Fed up with councils ruining local talent

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    • wendy mccabe LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 days ago

      Small activities rely on leaflets to get the word around. Its the annoying menus that need to stop. Its all about getting money

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    • andrew stansall LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 days ago

      My club night cannot survive with out this

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    • william cobbe LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 days ago

      there is more to life than digital information

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    • Zoe Keightley LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 days ago

      Me and my partner run our own small independent live music venue! This is very important to us indeed ;-)

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