BBPA responds to Hackney levy consultation

By Liam Coleman contact

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Late-night levy: the consultation will run until 7 May
Late-night levy: the consultation will run until 7 May

Related tags: Late-night levy, Bbpa chief executive, House of lords

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has officially responded to Hackney Council’s consultation on introducing a late-night levy at a time where the House of Lords looks to abolish the order all together. 

The BBPA has argued that a levy would be a threat to local businesses and jobs in the London borough.

Last week, a House of Lords report​ recommended scrapping the late-night levy in favour of wider use of business improvement districts (BIDs), which are currently seen in more than 250 communities across the country.

“The introduction of a late-night levy is effectively hitting local businesses with an indiscriminate tax, which is particularly unfair on pubs,” BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said.

The BBPA has advocated the introduction of a BID instead of a levy. The levy would involve late-night venues supplementing the cost of local policing, whereas a BID would involve businesses and communities working together.

“Our response [to the consultation] has made clear the BBPA’s view that, in contrast to a levy, a BID is an example of effective partnership working, which will engage local businesses to help improve the local economy,” Simmonds added.

Related topics: Licensing law

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