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.

The Daily Telegraph, (11)

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