Licensees, residents and businesses can submit responses to the possible levy, which would charge licensed premises selling alcohol between midnight and 6am, until 31 January 2014. The decision on whether to introduce the measure will be made at a council meeting on 27 February 2014, and if approved it is likely to come into effect in mid-2014.
Islington has London’s second-highest density of pubs, clubs, bars and off-licences, and nearly a third of the borough’s 1,300 licensed premises are licensed after midnight.
Islington Council has said the money would fund an additional uniformed presence on the streets at weekends, provide additional policing to target crime and disorder, introduce a night-time safe haven scheme, provide outreach services to vulnerable individuals and clean the streets of litter and graffiti.
To submit a response to the consultation visit www.islington.gov.uk/latenightlevy
Leeds City Council is to discuss the possibility of a late-night levy at a full council meeting tonight. The proposed levy would apply to all premises licensed serving alcohol between 00:30 and 06:00.