Liverpool late night levy consultation

Start date: Monday 26th September 2022
End date: Friday 16th December 2022

What are we consulting on?

The council introduced a late night levy in Liverpool in April 2017, so that holders of premises licences or club premises certificates that supply alcohol between 00:00 and 06:00 on one or more days in a year must pay a late night levy. This was introduced under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.

The amount of the levy is set by the government and is a yearly amount between £299 and £4,440 depending on the rateable value of the premises and their actual use.

Liverpool City Council are consulting on whether or not the late night levy should continue to be in place or if various amendment should be made to the levy.

Background

When first introduced in 2017, the following premises categories were exempt from paying the levy

– Premises only authorised to supply alcohol for consumption on the premises between 00:00 and 06:00 on New Year’s Day as defined in Regulation 4 (i) of the Late Night Levy (Expenses, Exemptions and Reductions) Regulations 2012.

-A hereditament in respect of which:
(1) the ratepayer is liable for a Business Improvement District levy in accordance with section 46 of the Local Government Act 2003, and
(2) the Business Improvement District arrangements in relation to which a Business Improvement District levy is imposed are established for purposes which result in, or are likely to result in, the reduction or prevention of crime and disorder in connection with the supply of alcohol between midnight and 6am at premises in relation to which a relevant late night authorisation has effect.

The council decided that 70% of the net amount of levy payments would be paid to the Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner, and the council would apply the 30% balance in accordance with the relevant legislation.

Holders of relevant late night authorisations were able to make an application under sections 34, 41A, 84 or 86A of the Licensing Act 2003 to vary their authorisation, so that it would cease to be a relevant authorisation before 1st April 2017.

In November 2021, the council’s Licensing and Gambling Committee decided to go out to consultation to seek views on whether or not the late night levy should continue or if various amendments be made to the levy.

Examples of possible amendments to the levy are;

-Reduce the late night supply period (currently the maximum period allowed of midnight to 06:00 hours.

-Add to or reduce the current categories of exemptions (currently the ‘New Year’s Day’ and the ‘Business Improvement District’ exemptions.

About the consultation

As independent experts, we are managing the consultation to ensure a fair and just process. We will seek opinions from stakeholders, the trade, residents associations, charities, responsible authorities, local councillors and MPs on whether the levy should continue or, if amendments are to be made, what it should look like going forward.

How to comment

It’s important that all businesses, residents and visitors have an opportunity to comment on how effective the late night levy has been and there are a number of ways to have your say, depending on which stakeholder group you represent:

-If you are an Agents and solicitors – Please submit a written response via email
-Community groups- Please complete the online survey
-Premises – Please attend a focus group and/or please complete the online survey  and/or submit a written response via email   
-Emergency services-   Please book a one-to-one phone call 
-Pub Watch –  Please book a one-to-one phone call 
-Ethnic, Faith and Community Group –   Please attend a focus group and/or please complete the online survey  and/or submit a written response via email 
-Licensed Trade –  Please attend a focus group and/or please complete the online survey  and/or submit a written response via email 
-Mayor/Mayor’s Office –  Please book a one-to-one phone call 
-Other organisations and identified individuals –  Please book a one-to-one phone call 
-MPs and Councillors –  Please book a one-to-one phone call and/or please complete the online survey
-Residents Associations –  Please attend a focus group and/or please complete the online survey  and/or submit a written response via email 

Online

If you are a resident or in a particular stakeholder group listed above and instructed to send your responses by completing the online form, please do so below.

Complete the survey online

By email

If you are in a particular stakeholder group listed above and instructed to send your response by email, you can download the formal email response template and send completed templates to info@nighttimeecomony.com

When you open the file, you will need to ‘Request edit access’ for Night Time Solutions Ltd to give you access to complete the template.

One-to-one phone call

If you are in a stakeholder group listed above and instructed to book a one-to-one phone call, you can book an appointment online to share your views over the phone with a representative from Night Time Economy Solutions Ltd.

Focus groups

Focus group sessions will take place online. Choose the stakeholder group you represent to book your place:
Monday 17th October, 10am-12pm: Ethnic, Faith and Community Groups
Monday 17th October, 2pm-4pm: Residents Association
Wednesday 26th October, 10am-12pm: Premises
Wednesday 26th October, 2pm-4pm: Licenced Trade

What happens to my views?

Your views will be collected, anonymised and used to make a recommendation to Liverpool City Council about what needs to happen to the Late Night Levy. Your feedback will be collated by Night Time Economy Solutions Ltd in line with their privacy notice for the purpose of this consultation. Please note, any personal data that could identify you will be removed or changed before files are shared with other researchers or the results of the consultation are made public.

Read Night Time Economy Solutions Ltd privacy notice.
Read the Licensing Service privacy notice.

What happens next?

The results of this non-statutory consultation will help to inform the making of any formal proposal to cease or vary the levy with effect from 1st April 2023, which will then be subject to a further statutory consultation process prior to any final decision being made.

Further information

For further information please email info@nighttimeecomony.com

The Project Manager for this public consultation is Alicia Souter.

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