Bankside businesses that sell alcohol after midnight may be charged up to £1,259 per year as part of new Southwark Council proposal to introduce a Late Night Levy. The Late Night Levy is a mechanism which enables licensing authorities to raise funds from late-opening alcohol suppliers towards policing the night time economy. It takes the form of a charge on businesses whose licensed operating hours continue beyond midnight.
Southwark Council are proposing to introduce the levy across the borough from 1 September 2019. The revenue raised would be used to reduce or prevent late night-alcohol related crime, disorder and nuisance, and improve public safety and street cleaning.
Southwark Council are holding a consultation regarding the introduction of a Late Night Levy across the borough. Better Bankside will be preparing a formal response to the consultation, objecting to the proposals. We urge any businesses who are likely to be affected by the Late Night Levy to respond to the consultation.
The consultation period runs from 25 February until midnight on 19 May 2019. Further information relating to the consultation can be found here.