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

Fri, 14:20
Sam Parrington of the Pilion Trust at the exhibition in Caledonian Road on Wednesday. Picture: Andy Commons (andycommonsimages.com)

It isn’t just older people who fall on hard times. James Morris finds out about the sad reality of homeless young people in the capital – and how charities like The Pilion Trust and Project One Zero are working in Islington to give them a creative outlet.

Fri, 10:09
Cricket fan: David Pearce (Picture: Ken Mears)

A wheelchair-bound Canonbury pensioner must fork out £450 for a season of matches he cannot attend – or face exclusion from the elite cricket club that runs Lord’s.

Thu, 16:26
Protesters release balloons outside HMP Holloway yesterday (Picture: Jade Jackman)

More than two hundred people lit flares and released balloons outside Holloway Prison in protest against violence towards women in government institutions.

Thu, 11:02
Caledonian ward councillors are calling for HGVs to stop using Copenhagen Street as a shortcut. Picture: Cally Labour

Cement mixing company Cemex has instructed its drivers to comply with the HGV ban in Copenhagen Street, near King’s Cross.

Thu, 08:59
Islington NUT members at a previous demonstration against the academisation plans. Picture: Ken Muller

Islington NUT is holding a public meeting as part of a campaign to defeat the government’s plans for all schools to become academies by 2022.

Wed, 15:51
Islington Boat Club 'Upperdeckers'. Picture: Amanda Corcoran

Islington Boat Club has launched free weekly sessions for over-50s.

Wed, 12:00
Teacher Daire Fitzharris is climbing Mount Everest next year and is preparing by camping on the Brecknock school roof every night this week. Picture: Ken Mears

A good teacher leads by example. Daire Fitzharris, a Year 2 tutor at Brecknock Primary School, realised this as he sought to introduce his pupils to the wonders of camping. So rather than just stand at the front of the class talking about it, he has set them an example – by sleeping on the school’s roof every night this week.

Wed, 09:48
Year nine students from Deptford Green School travelled to Highbury Grove School to understand a different perspective of London. Picture: London Football Journeys

Students from Highbury Grove School met their south London counterparts in a soccer scheme to build bridges between youngsters from different areas of London.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

Competitions

Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Yummy traditional afternoon teas for two

MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Traditional Afternoon Teas for two at a location of your choice! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe