Late Night Levy
The Late Night Levy is a discretionary power which Local Councils in England and Wales can use to charge licensed premises opening late at night a levy (or tax) to cover costs associated with managing the late night economy.
There are currently eight Late Night Levies in place across England - in Camden, Chelmsford, the City of London, Islington, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham and Southampton - none have been taken up by Welsh Councils, and Cheltenham have withdrawn their levy.
The use of Late Night Levies is a threat to pubs as it is an extra tax burden which could risk avoidable pub closures and restrict consumer choice. The prescriptive format of the levy means that small community pubs will be adversely affected, and may change their licensing hours to avoid paying the levy.
CAMRA and the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) have produced a joint report about the Late Night Levy, which highlights the benefits of partnership working through schemes such as PubWatch, Purple Flag, Best Bar None and Business Improvement Districts as alternative, more successful ways to manage the late night economy.