Plymouth considers late night levy on alcohol

Levy on late night alcohol sales

Plymouth City Council is considering a late night levy for businesses that sell alcohol after 1:00am.

The proposed levy would have to be paid by premises that sell alcohol between 1:00am and 6:00am. The fees would then be used to cover the costs of keeping the streets clean and safe, helping to fund CCTV improvements, taxi marshals and personal safety initiatives in the wake of recent budget cuts.

Philippa Davey, the council's cabinet member for safer and stronger communities, said: “With more cuts on the way for our services and those of the police, we need to give this real consideration if Plymouth is to continue to offer a safe night out.

“The police estimate that they spend around £500,000 a year on cover relating to nights out in Plymouth - with budgets being squeezed, surely we need to ask those who profit from people drinking to contribute?”

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