Late Night Levy given the way forward

A late night levy will be introduced to Tower Hamlets in the New Year, which will see businesses selling food and alcohol after midnight paying a charge.

We have agreed to introduce the levy at a Full Council meeting held on Wednesday night (20 September).

A Late Night Levy will help pay for the costs of managing and improving the local night time economy for everyone.

The borough consulted with residents and businesses to seek their views about the additional charge, which will apply to all businesses that sell alcohol between midnight and 6am. This will impact on restaurants, pubs, bars and off licences. Businesses will pay between £5.75 and £85.38 per week, depending on their size and rateable value of the premises.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:

"The Borough has a vibrant Night Time Economy which we want to support. The Late Night Levy is a way to ensure a financial contribution from businesses that sell alcohol between midnight and 6am is ring fenced for this purpose.

"This will ensure as a council we can then tackle anti-social behaviour through the work of our anti-social behaviour officers and police to reduce alcohol-related crime. We are keen to hear from businesses and residents about our proposals."

Cllr Asma Begum, cabinet member for community safety, added:

"The night time economy is a vital part of Tower Hamlets but premises serving late into the night can also incur extra costs for our borough, such as anti-social behaviour. By introducing a late night levy we can ask these businesses to pay a fair share of the costs."

We do not have the power to limit the charge to certain parts of the borough but plans to offer exemptions to some businesses such as

  • Hotels
  • Theatres and cinemas
  • Community premises including sports clubs
  • Premises open after midnight on New Year’s Eve only.

The levy will be collected by the council’s Environmental Health and Trading Standards team at the same time as they collect the annual fee from all licenced premises.

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Posted on Friday 22nd September 2017