The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #92468   Message #1767649
Posted By: The Shambles
23-Jun-06 - 05:00 PM
Thread Name: London buskers / Licensing Act
Subject: RE: London buskers / Licensing Act
The following from Hamish Birchall

Further to my report yesterday that Southwark council is requiring buskers to obtain Temporary Event Notices, it would seem this contradicts advice issued by the Department for Culture. According to this DCMS press release issued on 18 February 2003, 'Busking will NOT be licensable' under the new licensing laws:

Scroll down for the reference under 'Notes to Editors'.
Where you will also see the following (assurances/lies) made by our \government:

Individual performers will not be disadvantaged by the Bill
Performers will NOT need to be individually licensed.
Performers will NOT now be liable to a fine or to imprisonment just for playing or singing.