News Another London council begins consultation on the levy

We understand that, the London Borough of Hackney has begun consultation on introduction the late night levy. The consultation closes on 7 May 2017.
 
The proposed levy will apply to all venues holding premises licence or club premises certificate that permits the sale of alcohol between midnight and 6am on one or more days in any year even if the full licensable hours are not used. This will apply to premises supplying alcohol for consumption on and off the premises within the period specified above.
 
The Council are not proposing to apply any exemptions or reductions.
 
At the end of the consultation, we understand that the responses will be analysed and a report will be written which will be considered by Full Council before deciding whether or not to introduce the Levy.
 
Furthermore, we understand that if the decision is made to introduce the levy, it would come into effect on 1 November 2017.
 
The Council have confirmed that licensees that do not wish to be included in the levy will have a three month period to make a free variation to their licence before the Levy is introduced.
 
We will update you further in due course and a link to the Council's website and reference to the consultation and how to provide your response can be found here: https://consultation.hackney.gov.uk/licensing/late-night-levy-consultation/