Search

Ultimatum for City Hall over Islington drinking tax

14:59 28 January 2013

Islington Council wants to ensure town hall keeps the money for local policing.

Islington Council wants to ensure town hall keeps the money for local policing.

PA Wire/Press Association Images

A proposed tax on late-night drinking will only be implemented if City Hall promises any money raised would go towards policing in Islington, the council has insisted.

Bars, restaurants and off-licences across the borough face being charged up to £4,440 per year to sell alcohol past midnight under the new “late night levy”, with 70 per cent of the funds generated going towards policing.

Islington Council has previously pledged to introduce the charge this year, but the council’s crime chief has now voiced concerns that the share of the money dedicated to policing will end up with the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC), rather than in the borough.

Cllr Paul Convery, the executive member of community safety, said: “We want a cast iron guarantee that the 70 per cent for policing is going to come back to Islington. We don’t want to start taxing Islington businesses to fund City Hall.

“If it’s just going to be poured into the general coffers of MOPAC then we’re not going to do it.”

He added that the council’s 30 per cent share of whatever the levy raises, which could be as much as £500,000 per year in total, will be ring-fenced to pay for clean-up costs related to Islington’s drinking culture.

He said: “That 30 per cent is not just going to disappear into town hall coffers.”

A spokesman for the Mayor of London said: “No decision has been made, but we expect the boroughs to retain a large share of what the levy raises.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

06:08
The former Carlton Cinema, in Essex Road

Former Carlton Cinema available to hire five days a week - with prayer meetings on Tuesday and Sunday

Yesterday, 17:43
Stem Academy, in City Road, was rated 'inadequate' by Ofsted

A controversial free school has been slammed by a damning Ofsted report giving it the worst rating in every single category.

Yesterday, 16:01
Emergency services outside Old Street tube station. Photo: Léonie Chao-Fong

A man was killed by a tube train as he tried to save the life of his younger brother who had jumped onto the tracks to get something he had dropped.

Yesterday, 13:54
Black cab David Perry, 'abused position of trust' when preying on sleeping  passengers

Police fears pervert may have preyed on more victims during 25-year cabbie career

Most read news

Competitions

Funky adidias iPhone cases up for grabs!

We’ve teamed up with adidas Originals to give away four iPhone 5/5s cases.

A Sun-Maid goodie bag could be coming your way.

Easter is a time for reflection, thanks and celebration, and what better way could there be to spend the holiday than treating yourself to good company and great food?

Digital Edition

Image
Read the $m.global.archantvariables.NewspaperTitle e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder