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BBPA opposition to City of London Late Night Levy

11/09/13


The leading trade body representing UK pubs has objected to proposals for a Late Night Levy on licensed premises in the City of London. In a response to a Corporation of London consultation, the British Beer & Pub Association (itself based in the City, at Brewers’ Hall) says that such a levy would damage City pubs, and would be very unfair on all premises in the square mile.


All premises would have to pay the charge, even if they were open for just one night of the year after the designated time, and even if their premises were causing no crime or disorder problems. The City of London currently has 747 premises licensed to sell alcohol, of which 290 will be caught by a levy beginning at midnight. The Corporation expects to raise £475,000 per year from the trade under this proposal.


The BBPA says that partnership with the pub trade is by far the best way forward to tackle any problems – but also the Corporation has failed to demonstrate that there is any rising concern, or increases in crime and disorder caused by venues in the City.


Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive, comments:


“A Late Night Levy has real potential to damage hospitality in the City of London. It is also unfair, as many City pubs would have to pay, even if they don’t cause problems. Partnership with the trade is by far the best way forward. The City of London, so vital to tourism and trade in the capital, should be focusing on cutting red tape for businesses like pubs, which face increasing cost pressures, at a time when more and more alcohol is drunk at home.”


Notes to editors:

The BBPA response can be found here.


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 50,000 pubs.


The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 made a number of changes to the licensing regime, including the ability for councils to charge premises operating later than midnight in the entire local authority area (the Late Night Levy). This came into effect from October 2012, and the levy fees are based on rateable value and are set centrally by Government.




Tags:

EMROs/Late Night Levy, Licensing , Regulation


For further information contact:

Neil Williams
Head of Media
nwilliams@beerandpub.com
Tel: 020 7627 9156 / 07974 249 779


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