Proposed Hackney levy ‘blunt and indiscriminate’

By Liam Coleman contact

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Bridge over troubled water: The ALMR and BBPA have called for an alternative to the proposed levy
Bridge over troubled water: The ALMR and BBPA have called for an alternative to the proposed levy

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The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has billed the late-night levy a “blunt and indiscriminate tax” in response to Hackney Council’s consultation on proposals to introduce the charge.

ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls argued a voluntary partnership scheme would be more effective than a late-night levy.

She added: “Local authorities across the UK need to work with their local pubs and bars to solve any problems arising in their areas.”

The cost of policing

The levy would involve late-night venues supplementing the cost of local policing, however, the ALMR has in the past advocated voluntary partnerships as an alternative, a strategy recently adopted in Cheltenham​.

Hackney Council had been consulting​ on proposals to introduce a levy to the east London borough for the past two months with the consultation closing shortly after the ALMR’s response on Sunday (7 May).

The BBPA​ had already responded to the consultation, also calling the proposed levy an “indiscriminate tax”.

Related topics: Licensing law

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