Consultation over late night
City Council's Licensing Committee meets, on
Tuesday, 8 September 20125, to consider starting a consultation over the
introduction of a late night levy for bars, clubs and pubs. Under
the proposed scheme, all licensed premises or clubs that supply alcohol
after midnight would be required to pay an annual charge to offset the
cost of the night time economy. Merseyside Police; who are backing
the move; estimate it costs around £540,000 to cover the City Centre
between midnight and 6am, although this doubles to £1 million when
taking into account other units that have to respond to incidents.
The levy is based on current licensed premises in the City and, assuming
the period it is applied is from midnight until 6:00am, would affect
approximately 800 premises, with the costs varying dependent upon the
rateable value of the premises. The consultation is
suggesting that the vast majority; round 700; could pay between £299 and
£1259 per year, with 20 paying the highest rate of £4,440 per year.
However, the figures are just indicative and are subject to change
following the outcome of the formal consultation process.
Councillor Emily Spurrell, Mayoral Lead for Community Safety, said:-
"Liverpool is a vibrant and safe City and its night time economy is
enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people every week. Obviously
this all comes at a cost arising from the minority of people who cause
crime and disorder, and the money raised from the late night levy would
be used to help offset this. We know that our community safety
partners are supportive of the introduction of a levy, so what we are
doing now is going out to consultation on a proposal." A
total of 70% of the money would go to the Merseyside Police and Crime
Commissioner with the money used to fund additional staff at weekends,
funding specific operations and assist with 'designing out'
crime. The remainder would go to the City Council to support night time
economy initiatives. Councillor Steve Munby, Cabinet member for
licensing, said:- "It is important to note that if we decide to
proceed with the consultation, it is just the very start of the process.
No decision will be made until we have completed the consultation and
assessed all of the feedback and it is possible that the proposal will
change dependent upon the responses that we receive."
Consultation will start in September 2015, with a decision on whether to
implement it made in January 2016. If the go ahead is given, it would be
introduced from June 2016. The Licensing Committee meeting takes
place at Liverpool Town Hall on Tuesday, 8 September 2015, at 10am.