Consultation on abandoning late-night levy begins

By Oli Gross

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Decision: Cheltenham is to consult on its late-night levy
Decision: Cheltenham is to consult on its late-night levy

Related tags: Late-night levy, Business improvement district

Cheltenham Borough Council yesterday (September 5) started a consultation process to decide if its late-night levy should be abandoned.   

The levy was introduced in 2014 and applied to premises licensed to supply alcohol between 1am and 6am.

This year the council adopted a Business Improvement District, which has resulted in many licences being subject to both levies.

The council has discussed its proposals with councillors and representatives of the BID and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and has suggested that the BID should supersede the late-night levy based upon:

  • the fact that BID income will be substantially more than the income raised through the LNL;
  • the need to ensure that businesses are not unduly burdened by two levies; and
  • the understanding that LNL activities will be incorporated in BID activities.

The council has asked that comments be submitted either by email or post, and details of the consultation can be found here​.

The council has confirmed that if it proceeds with its proposals, following the consultation, the late-night levy would cease to have effect from 31 March 2017. 

Related topics: Licensing law

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