London Borough of Tower Hamlets pull levy and consult again
Further to our previous eNews regarding Tower Hamlets’ decision to pull the proposed implementation of the Late Night Levy on 1 June 2017, we can now confirm that the Council has re-launched its consultation about its reintroduction.
The consultation relates to ‘the introduction of a Late Night Levy for premises who’s Licence (this includes Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates) authorises them to sell/supply alcohol between midnight and 6am (00:00 hours and 06:00 hours)’.
The consultation will finish on the 23 August 2017 and the Levy is proposed to be introduced on 1 January 2018.
The Council proposes to exempt the following permitted categories of premises from paying the levy: Premises with overnight accommodation, where alcohol can only be supplied to persons staying at the premises for consumption on the premises, Theatres and cinemas, Bingo Halls, Community Amateur Sports Clubs, Community premises, licences with permissions for non-standard timing trading hours for alcohol on New Year’s Day only (this relates to premises which are authorised to supply/sell alcohol between 00:00 hours and 06:00 hours, only on New Year's Day 1st January).
The Council have also decided that a reduction of 30% will be granted to premises that achieved accreditation in the Best Bar None (BBN) Scheme. There are no other proposed exemptions or reductions.
The Proposal confirms that that the Council has confirmed with the Mayor's Office of Policing and Crime (MOPAC) that it may retain the whole net amount of the of the Levy revenue (this includes their statutory 70% split of the revenue), and that the allocation of this revenue is to be managed through the current Community Safety Partnership arrangements within the borough.
Licence Holders will be allowed to make an application to vary their licence and there will be no fee required, provided it is received by the Council within the 2 month period directly following the date of the formal decision notice to introduce the Levy. This applies only for reduction of licensed hours for sale/supply of alcohol so they do not fall within the operational hours of the Levy (00:00 to 06:00 hours).
If you wish to view the full details of the proposal, and complete the consultation survey, these can be found here: www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/latenightlevy
If you want to know more about the Late Night Levy, watch our youtube video of Jonathan Smith giving an overview on the Late Night Levy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgi3VkTLg0s
For further information on this issue or any other legal licensing problems contact managing partner Jonathan Smith on 0115 953 8500.