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London Borough will not adopt levy

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London Borough will not adopt levy 7th November 2017

A London borough has resolved not to adopt a late night levy in its area.

The London Borough of Kingston this week resolved not to adopt the levy in its area.

Speaking after the meeting where this was decided, a council spokesperson said: “We carefully considered the impact that the levy might have on nightlife and recognised that it could be negative and perhaps does not give the council the flexibility needed. It was right to look at this again, having last considered it in 2013 but, for now, it isn’t something that we would be looking to implement."

The council previously rejected the implementation of a Levy in 2013. The Licensing Department had been asked to produce a report on feasibility in July 2017. The report showed there had been a decrease in late night licensed venues within the Council area since 2013 which would mean less revenue from the Levy.

ALMR chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “Kingston Council has acted with pragmatism and common sense by dismissing a possible late-night levy in the area.

“It is a measure that would have only increased burdens on hard-pressed businesses without having an appreciable effect on any perceived areas of alcohol-related disorder.

"Other councils considering the measure would do well to follow Kingston’s example and avoid introducing a discredited measure that harms businesses.”

The Council will look to review this again in 2020 according to reports.

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