Published on July 11th, 2011 | by Dean Carr
Alcohol Licence fees could add 13p to a pint
Government plans to reform the system for setting alcohol licence fees could add the equivalent of 13p to a pint of beer, claims the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR).
The Police and Social Responsibility Bill, which will be debated in Parliament today, will add an additional £100 million in costs per year to the pub and bar sector, predicts the trade association.
Under the proposal, local authorities would be able to charge fees under different licence bands based on rateable value. The authorities would then be able to set the fees based on administration and enforcement costs.
ALMR chief executive Nick Bish said: “If this Bill is passed then every person in the country who enjoys a pint of beer will be forced to pay the price.
“These proposals will allow local authorities up and down the country to double the amount they charge in licensing fees. Pubs simply cannot afford to absorb these cost hikes so it will inevitably hit customers in the pocket.
“This couldn’t come at a worse time for the industry, particularly as supermarkets continue to sell alcohol at ridiculously low prices despite pledges by the government to tackle this problem.
“We are calling on the government to think again and look at the impact that these plans will have on the pocket of the responsible drinker and their local community pub.”
Source : Morning Advertiser