Gov't advises Business Improvement Districts are exempt from late-night levy

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BBPA chief Brigid Simmonds: 'This is a positive step to help ensure local businesses don’t pay twice'
BBPA chief Brigid Simmonds: 'This is a positive step to help ensure local businesses don’t pay twice'
The Government has promised to amend its Business Improvement District (BID) guidance to local councils to encourage areas with the scheme to be exempt from introducing a late-night levy.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) said it would ensure local authorities “carefully consider exempting from the late night levy, any eligible business improvement districts that are already funding night time economy measures”.

The pledge was announced in DCLG’s review of BIDs, which was undertaken during spring and summer 2014 and published this weekend.

The department also said it would encourage local authorities to involve BID contribution at planning committees.

The British Beer & Pub Association welcomed the announcements.

'Positive step'

Chief executive Brigid Simmonds said: “It is great to see the Government do more to recognise that voluntary local partnerships like BIDs really do work. 

“While I don’t think that a new tax on local businesses, through the late-night levy, is the way forward for any town centre, this is a positive step to help ensure local businesses don’t pay twice. I hope local authorities take note of any new guidance.”

Islington City Council and City of London Corporation both grant a 30% reduction in the late-night levy for premises operating in a best practice scheme, while all BID members in Nottingham have been exempt from paying the extra fee.

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2 comments

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Posted by Alan,

Not quite fully correct. In Nottingham only 'mandated' BID members are exempt from paying the LNL, therefore many voluntary (of which there were a lot) BID members are now dropping out of their voluntary agreement due to being forced into paying the LNL. This means it costs them roughly the same but they lose having a seat at the table to determine how their money is spent, whereas now it will just get wasted on admin by the local authorities instead!

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Posted by Dave Daly,

Government have listened great news for town centre BID zones.and the venues in them.
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