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Remove the need to give at least 21 days’ notice before a licence can be suspended

regulation changes have your sayComment below and have your say on the following proposal to remove the 21-day notice period for licence suspension for not returning a full licence when invalid.

Removing the 21 day minimum notice period for suspension, in the case of a service that is no longer under the control of its service provider and in the case of when a service has not returned its full physical licence after the licence has been reclassified as a provisional licence, gives the Ministry greater discretion in setting the date at which a licence suspension is to come into effect.

There have been a few examples over recent years of where the 21-day minimum notice period was a problem:

  • “A situation whereby two bodies were in conflict over which one was the service provider, leading the Ministry to be uncertain as to which body was providing care and education during the 21-day notice period.
  • A situation whereby the business that was the service provider went into receivership and when the receivers took over, their intent was to receive funding and the Ministry could not be assured that it would provide quality care and education in the 21-day notice period”. (Impact Summary, p. 8)



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