BBPA expresses disappointment over Hackney Late Light Levy consultation

BBPA expresses disappointment over Hackney Late Light Levy consultation
BBPA expresses disappointment over Hackney Late Light Levy consultation
10/03/2017 - 09:36
The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has expressed disappointment over the London Borough of Hackney’s decision to consult on implementing a Late Light Levy.

BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds, said: “It is very disappointing to see a vibrant central London borough like Hackney seek to impose this new tax on local businesses, many of which are already reeling from rocketing business rates in the capital.  An extra new tax would only deter investment further.
 
“It is also a real disincentive for local businesses to work constructively with the council on improving the borough – it undermines partnership schemes between pubs, councils and the police, which can produce very positive results.”

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has also expressed concern that the Levy could have a detrimental effect on business in Hackney.

Kate Nicholls, ALMR chief executive, said: “Pubs, restaurants and nightclubs in Hackney already make a substantial contribution in the form of taxes and business rates – which for most local operators are increasing substantially – and an additional cost burden will only undermine their ability to invest and employ in the area.

"The borough’s pubs, bars and nightclubs are an asset to the community. They attract customers, bring money to the area and contribute to the unique character of this part of London."

The Late Night Levy came into force in October 2012 and allows local authorities to charge late night alcohol suppliers dependent on their rateable value.

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