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.
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