Published: 17th Jul 2019

Businesses have described plans to introduce a late-night levy on pubs and clubs in Southwark as ‘devastating’. Councillors are due to meet later today (17 July) to discuss the proposal, which will see businesses selling alcohol between the hours of midnight and 6am across the London borough pay a surcharge to help cover the costs of cleaning and policing the streets after hours. The council report recommends exemptions for hotels, theatres and cinemas, which are serving alcohol after midnight. Local authorities have the power to introduce a late-night levy under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 and any money raised must be split between the council and the local police force. Around three quarters (70%) of the money would go to the Metropolitan Police, while the remaining 30% would go to the council. The report states that late night policing costs have ‘increased considerably’ to around £298,500 a … (To read the full article, subscribe below)