Search

Late night alcohol tax to fund booze police in Islington

06:42 12 July 2012

The late night levy will be introduced in Islington

The late night levy will be introduced in Islington

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Late-night alcohol sellers face a new tax that will fund extra police officers to combat the fallout from Islington’s overactive drinking culture.

Bars, restaurants and off-licences across the borough will be hit with a special charge called the Late Night Levy.

It means businesses selling alcohol after midnight may have to pay thousands of pounds a year on top of all their other taxes.

Islington Council’s crime chief, Cllr Paul Convery, told the Gazette: “We’re a borough that has blood on our streets because of people getting drunk and committing acts of violence, and we have got to stop that.

“Every single really horrendous crime in our borough has involved excessive alcohol. It’s been right in the middle of the last five or six murders.

“I have no hesitation in saying we absolutely will be using the Late Night Levy, because we want to maximise the level of policing.”

Cllr Convery believes as much as £500,000 could be raised, which could pay for 15 police officers or about 20 PCSOs.

Licensed businesses will be charged up to £4,440 per year – based on their rateable values – and many are less than pleased at the prospect.

Kristie Bishop, who runs Drink, Shop and Do in Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, said: “It’s a further burden on small businesses, in these difficult economic times. I feel the government would do better trying to change social attitudes towards alcohol rather than penalising small businesses. Clearly the levy is more of a ‘shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted’ scenario.”

Christine Lovett, director of Angel Aim, which supports businesses in the Angel, said: “I think it’s very harsh and I’m very concerned. Businesses already pay a lot of tax and this might be a tax too much.”

The levy is a new power made available by the government, but it is the council’s decision to impose it. It will take effect from June next year at the earliest.

Cllr Convery added: “Businesses can choose to close earlier to avoid the levy.”

0 comments

Latest Islington News Stories

17:23

A year ago, Jeremy Corbyn promised Islington North ‘won’t be forgotten’ after he was elected Labour leader. Twelve months on, James Morris asks community leaders across his constituency whether he has kept his word.

13:34

A music producer told the Islington councillor who shut down Farringdon superclub Fabric: “Your decision has made me come over all rapey.”

12:39

A radical report that recommends moving all council tenants with health issues caused by their damp, mouldy homes will go before cabinet.

The grieving mother of a young man shot dead in a King’s Cross nightclub is today pleading for the community to name her son’s killer after a decade of silence.

Yesterday, 19:00

Islington’s archives team were all smiles after winning their bid to bring home a piece of the borough’s creative history.

Yesterday, 17:35

Think you’ve had an interesting life? Meet Carlos Lopez-Barillas. He’s an award-winning Guatemalan war photographer, champion skateboarder and water polo player and runs his own newspaper. And comes from a family of political activists.

Yesterday, 17:33

The Gazette hunts high and low each week to bring you news of the most interesting and unusual new businesses in Islington. This week we speak to the guys behind the borough’s first honey.

Yesterday, 15:57

Drum’n’bass fans were left fuming after being refused entry to a Finsbury Park festival because they “turned up too late”.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

Competitions

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

As we grow older it becomes more and more important to have means to travel about safely and quickly. Our friendship groups and families grow and the need to have a car that is not only safe but also fast and big enough for all our needs is ever more important. There are many cars on the market for such needs but none deals with them as efficiently or as neatly as a VW Golf Estate. These cars are build strong, long lasting and spacious for a reason. They cater to the needs of many and are some of the most popular cars currently on the market.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now