City police request a late-night booze levy

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Dozens of pubs and clubs in Milton Keynes could be facing a late-night levy if they sell alcohol after 1am.

The council’s licensing committee has voted to hold a public consultation on introducing the ‘pub tax’ from the beginning of next year.

It would mean pubs or clubs choosing to sell alcohol between 1am and 6am would pay a levy of up to £4,440 a year depending on their size and rateable value.

The police would be given £70 per cent of the money and the council 30 per cent.

Any premises signing up to a registration scheme would be given a discount of 30 percent.

The licencing committee members were urged to consider the levy by the city’s deputy police commander, Ed McLean.

In a letter he said a local levy would ensure the city ‘continues to be seen and perceived to be a safe place to socialise, shop and work.’

He said the police share of the money would go towards projects managed by the SaferMK initiative.

Discretionary powers for councils to impose late-night levies were introduced by the government last year.

Nationally the scheme could generate £11billion.