Late-night levy income to fall short of estimates

By John Harrington

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So far Newcastle is the only council to introduce a late-night levy
So far Newcastle is the only council to introduce a late-night levy
Money generated by councils from the late-night levy is likely to be below original estimates, a Government minister has admitted.

A Government Impact Assessment report from 2011 put the best estimate at £13.4m, with an upper estimate of £18.2m. It predicted an average income of £142,536 per council.

However, to date only Newcastle City Council has confirmed it will implement the measure, which sees pubs and late-night bars charged a levy for operating during designated periods between midnight and 6am.

Home Office minister Jeremy Browne was asked in Parliament whether he expects income generated from the levy to match Government projections. Browne said: “It is likely that the income generated will be less than that set out in the published impact assessment.”

Research from solicitors John Gaunt earlier this year found that just 1% of local authorities planned to introduce a late-night levy, with 78% ruling out the measure entirely.

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