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Alternatives to the Late Night Levy: A BBPA/CAMRA report


Pubs are at the heart of communities across the country, and cover a range of styles and types of business – from suburban locals to rural destination pubs and city centre bars. There are over 50,000 pubs in the UK, directly employing over 600,000 people. The vast majority of these are small independently run businesses, each making a positive impact to their local economies and communities.


Pubs serve their communities throughout each day, with many pubs now offering breakfasts and coffee as well as other meals – in addition to the wide and varied range of draught beers available in British pubs. The majority of pubs open into the evening and some even later, forming an important part of the wider late-night economy. Some pubs choose to take advantage of longer opening hours at weekends or for special occasions. With this comes the responsibility for ensuring a safe and well-managed night-time economy for all to enjoy, in which the pub sector is fully engaged via a wide variety of partnership working schemes such as Pubwatches, Business Improvement Districts (BID), Best Bar None and Purple Flag.


However, we as a sector are concerned with a number of local authorities across the country introducing late night levies (further explained in this booklet), without first exploring all of the partnership options available or recognising that such levies damage the local economy, businesses within it and community life.


The aim of the attached guide is to outline the issues that late night levies cause the pub sector, the wider late-night economy and consumers. It also seeks to encourage those considering introducing this tax to explore the wide range of partnership options already in place and consider these as more effective alternatives to the levy.


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