Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Let's Debate the Late-Night Levy

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Let's Debate the Late-Night Levy

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Let's debate the late-night levy I READ with great interest Michael Brown's article (27 October) "Newcastle JD Wetherspoon pubs look to dodge late-night levy" in the Chronicle. Is it not ironic that Northumbria Police and Newcastle City Council are objecting? Do they think the introduction of the late-night levy is counter-productive and it would be better if pubs stayed open late? As it turned out the sub-committee on licensing refused the application as I observed in person. I would say most of your readers and residents of Newcastle would be surprised to learn that Newcastle was the first local authority that used powers under The Late Night Levy Regulations 2012 after they came into effect on 31 October 2012.

With the speed of light, the council started a public consultation and introduced the levy on 1 November 2013, beating Cheltenham by six months. Meanwhile, Islington, the City of London and Nottingham have now followed. Wetherspoon pubs are not the only pubs opposing the levy. …

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