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Licensing fees: proposed caps far too high, says BBPA


Commenting on today’s Government proposals for a new regime for local licensing fees, Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:

“While it is right that the Home Office has accepted the principle of a cap on fees, the proposed limits are far too high, and the removal of bands could hit smaller premises hard.

“A pub in Band B, the most typical band, would currently pay £180 per year for their licence, yet the new cap proposed is £740.

“With such high caps, there is still a real danger that cash-strapped councils will be tempted to hike up fees dramatically, damaging local pubs.

“Pubs do not enjoy any subsidy; they pay hugely into public coffers through the taxation system, through beer and other alcohol duties, business rates, and a host of other taxes. We will be making this very clear in our response.”

Notes to editors:

The Home Office consultation documents can be found here.


Pubs, Licensing , Regulation

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