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Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Late night levy
The Home Office will implement new laws this month allowing councils to impose a late-night levy on licensed premises that open after midnight that may result in late-night bars and pubs closing earlier. The charge of up to £4,400 a year is nominally intended to help cover the cost to the authorities of dealing with the consequences of late-night drinking, including violence and disorderly behaviour. About 120,000 premises in England and Wales are licensed to serve alcohol. Some 40,000 are permitted to stay open past midnight.