Consultation on capital SEVs

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CITY of Edinburgh Council has launched a public consultation on the potential licensing of sexual entertainment venues (SEVs) in the city.

It follows the launch of a similar consultation by Glasgow City Council in May.

Both local authorities are seeking the public’s views on whether SEVs should be licensed, including whether councils should place a limit on the number of SEVs which can operate within one local authority area – as well as the option to set the limit at zero.

And it is seeking views on the potential shape of a licensing system for SEVs, if one was introduced.

City of Edinburgh Council’s consultation closes on August 17, while the Glasgow City Council consultation closes on August 26.

The consultations come as some workers in the sexual entertainment industry have unionised.

Dancers and staff at Glasgow lap-dancing venue Seventh Heaven recently signed a recognition agreement between their employer and workers’ union GMB Scotland.