Published on August 30th, 2013 | by Dean Carr
Milton Keynes says no to the Late Night Levy
Milton Keynes’ alcohol licensing sub-committee has rejected plans to introduce a late night levy to the pubs, bars and clubs in the area.
Thames Valley Police had asked the council to impose the levy on venues supplying alcohol between 1am and 6am to help fund police services and fund costs of policing the local pubs, clubs and bars. The Late Night Levy fee can range from £299 to £4,440 depending on the rateable value of your business.
The committee has opted to go against the plans of introducing a late night levy would mean that venues selling alcohol during late night hours would be subject to an annual fee to help uphold the four mail licensing objectives.
In previous meetings the council had decided to defer on making a definite decision on the proposed levy, however members of the alcohol licensing trade can consult with the full Licensing Committee on the 18th of September at Milton Keynes Civic Centre. The Council is also taking formal letters to raise points on the proposal.
What is a Late Night Levy?
If implemented the levy would be an additional fee to be charged to alcohol licensed premises. This fee would be used by the Police and the Licensing Authority to fund activity to police and regulated the late night economy.
The fee would be charged to any alcohol licensed premises open during the late night supply period. The late night supply period will be between 12 midnight and 6am. The Licensing Authority has proposed a late night supply period of 1am to 6am. This means any alcohol licensed premises licensed to sell alcohol during these hours will be charged a fee.