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BBPA comments on Late Night Levy and EMRO plans


BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds comments:

“We are pleased that the Government has listened to many of the BBPA’s concerns, but there are real doubts that this legislation is necessary.

“They have listened and backtracked on the wide number of exemptions they were planning, as this would have been grossly unfair on community pubs. We also welcome the inclusion of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) as a discretionary exemption from the Levy, as well as other good practice schemes which are to be recognised for discounts.

“However, a Government that says it wants to cut red tape still has to match words with deeds. There are already enough powers for police and local authorities to tackle late-night problems. The Levy still has the potential to be complex, unwieldy and problematic for both businesses and local authorities. At the end of the day it is partnership schemes like BIDs, Best Bar None and Pubwatch which work best.”

Notes to editors:

The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector. Its members account for 96 per cent of the beer brewed in the UK and around half of Britain’s 51,000 pubs.


» Government Response to the Consultation


Regulation, Pubs, Licensing , Alcohol policy, EMROs/Late Night Levy

For further information contact:

Neil Williams
Head of Media
Tel: 020 7627 9156 / 07974 249 779

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