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EMROs/Late Night Levy / 18 July 2019

Southwark Council’s decision to introduce a late-night levy is a “backward step”, says BBPA

The British Beer & Pub Association has today reacted to Southwark Council’s decision to introduce a late-night levy.

The levy was approved by Southwark Council on Wednesday 17th July and will come into effect on 1st September 2019.

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) had previously called on the Council to reconsider its proposal to introduce a late-night levy, which it believes would be damaging for local pubs.

Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:

“Introducing a late-night levy is a backward step for Southwark. Late-night levies don’t effectively address alcohol-related issues. Instead, they unfairly tax well-run and responsible businesses such as pubs – many of which are SMEs already struggling to get by.

“The late-night levy could be the final nail in the coffin for some of Southwark’s community pubs. When business rates are the basis for the calculation, premises like pubs will pay a disproportionate share.”

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