Published: 19 January 2017 by Clare Eames
The London Borough of Tower Hamlets last night ratified the implementation of a Late Night Levy.
This will be introduced on the 1st June 2017 applying to licensed premises which are permitted to supply alcohol at any time between Midnight and 06:00.
The income from the levy, less collection costs, will be allocated through the Community Safety Partnership. Members of the Best Bar None Scheme will benefit from a 30% reduction in the amount of the Levy payable.
There will be exemptions to the Levy for premises with overnight accommodation, theatres, cinemas, bingo halls, community amateur sports clubs, community premises and for premises which are only permitted to sell alcohol on New Year’s Eve within the Levy supply period.
In order for premises to avoid the requirement to pay the Late Night Levy free minor variation applications to reduce the licensed hours of the Premises Licence will be accepted by the Licensing Authority.
During the full council meeting, Mayor John Biggs commented that it is a shame that the Levy will impact on all licensed premises which are authorised to supply alcohol in the levy period, and the Levy should ideally be introduced in specific parts of the Borough where there are problems with the late night economy.
As it currently stands, a Late Night Levy has to be introduced for the whole of the local authority area, but this may change in the future due to proposed changes to the Policing and Crime Bill.
Please see our previous e-news on this matter at the following link – https://www.popall.co.uk/news-publications/news/updates-to-the-policing-and-crime-bill
We shall keep you updated should we receive any further details.
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