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04 April 2016 – Liverpool City Council decides to reject the Late Night Levy proposal

The proposal had been made for a Late Night Levy to apply to venues open between midnight and 06:00 with fees ranging from £299.00 to £4,440.00 annually.  However, the introduction of the policy has been rejected by Liverpool Council amid fears it could force night spots out of business.

Industry figures at the Council meeting suggested that places such as Cheltenham who have adopted the charge have not seen the financial benefits anticipated.  The Committee was also told that the Home Office was considering making changes to the Late Night Levy.  It was said at the meeting that problem premises where violence and trouble was more common should be those targeted by the Levy and not responsible operators; that many Licensees would reduce their hours to avoid paying the extra money which would lessen Liverpool’s appeal to visitors and that Liverpool was one of the safest Cities in the Country with the City Centre well policed and given this, it was queried as to what more money would bring.

Given that the proposal would have affected the whole of Liverpool’s area, not just the City Centre the decision was taken to reject the proposal outright.

For further information, please contact our Alcohol & Entertainment Licensing team on 01332 340 211.

23 September 2015 – Late Night Levy consultation now approved by Liverpool City Council

Liverpool City Council has now approved the consultation process with regard to a Late Night Levy in their area has declined to approve it in December 2014. Depending on the responses they get, the decision on whether to implement the Levy is set to be made on 13 January 2016 with implementation unlikely until June 2016.

The London Borough of Camden was consulting on a Late Night Levy, their consultation was due to close on the 8 May 2015 however, it was downgraded to an informal exercise which was being seen by many as a softening of their approach. The Council, however, are due to meet again on the 8 October to discuss again whether to formally consult and it is thought at the moment that should this be approved implementation is unlikely to take place until at least April 2016.

It has been widely reported that East Riding of Yorkshire met in September 2015 to decide on whether to consult on the implementation of a Late Night Levy. However, having spoken with East Riding of Yorkshire Council we are assured these reports are not accurate.

For further information, please contact our Alcohol & Entertainment Licensing team on 01332 340 211.

 

07 September 2015 – Liverpool City Council to consider Late Night Levy for bars and clubs

The Licensing Committee at Liverpool City Council is due to meet on Tuesday 08 September to consider launching a consultation to decide whether to implement a late night levy.

If adopted, the scheme will see licensed businesses in Liverpool that supply alcohol after midnight paying a fee to offset the costs
associated with the night time economy.

It has been estimated that around 800 businesses would be affected. The charge is calculated according to rateable value and only
approximately 20 businesses will face the highest rate of £4,440 per annum, the remainder paying between £299 and £1259 per annum.

No decision will be made until the consultation process is completed but if the scheme is given the green light it is likely to come into effect in June 2016.

For further information, please contact our Alcohol & Entertainment Licensing team on 01332 340 211.

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