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Form 696 axed

Dot Rotten performing at Bingley Music Live (September 2011). Photo by Man Alive!

The Form 696, a risk assessment document used by the Met Police, has been axed. The decision follows on from a consultation requested by the Mayor of London to review the controversial assessment used for live music events.

Form 696 was introduced in 2005 in response to a number of shootings at club nights across London.

The news has been well received by UK Music. The trade association led a long campaign in respond to claims from performers and promoters that Form 696 unfairly discriminated against events featuring some music genres like grime, garage and bashment.

UK Music CEO, Michael Dugher, said: “This is fantastic news. UK Music has campaigned to get rid of this unpopular restriction on our diverse and vibrant music scene.

“It’s great that Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and London’s Night Czar Amy Lamé have listened to the concerns of the music industry. “We thank him for showing leadership on this important issue and ensuring that the London remains a world beater when it comes to our cultural music mix.”

Access understands that the Met will team up with partners from local authorities to appreciate the implication of this decision on venues that have the use of Form 696 as a condition for their licence. Work will also be on the impact on existing local licensing policies.