Late Night Levy Regulations will come into force on 31st October 2012. The Regulations are being introduced by the Government under powers conferred by Parliament as part of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. Under the Draft Regulations Council Licensing Authorities will be able to impose a Late Night Levy on all premises within their area who are selling alcohol between midnight and 6am. There will be restrictions on the use of the receipts with 30% retained by the local authority and 70% passed on to the police.
The Better Bankside Business Improvement District currently has around 60 premises that may fall within the scope of the Regulations and be required to pay a levy. The Schedules to the Draft Regulations set out the amounts businesses can expect have to pay.
Southwark Council is waiting for secondary regulations to be finalized and for the Home Office Guidance to be released. Once this happens they will get into discussions with the Police and Council members and then move to consultation with businesses. Better Bankside will be formally consulted.
The Association of Town Centre Managers, representing UK BIDs, has been working with the Home Office to ensure that BIDs are not damaged by this legislation and has secured the inclusion in the legislation of an option for Local Authorities to exempt BIDs. The exemption will not be automatic and Better Bankside will have to demonstrate that we undertake work within the night time economy that helps to mitigate the impact of late night drinking. We will also be required to show that we have an effective crime and disorder focus.
In preparation for the consultation BID members who are likely to be affected by the Regulations are advised to visit the Government’s website: www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2012/9780111526309/contents.
Upon receipt of further advice from the Council, Better Bankside will meet with the Council and the police to brief them on BID activities aimed to support the night-time economy and reductions in crime and disorder with a view to seeking an exemption for the Better Bankside BID.