Milton Keynes Council implements late night levy to fund cost of policing streets

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Controversial plans for a late night levy in Milton Keynes have been approved by the council’s licensing committee.

In future city clubs and bars serving alcohol between 1am and 6am will be forced to pay a levy, with the majority of money raised going towards policing the night time economy.

The total raised annually is estimated to be around £200,000, with 70 per going to help police the streets, including through community projects from Safer MK, and 30 per cent to the licensing authority.

Last month the licensing sub-committee recommended that such a fee should not be adopted.

The committee voted by five votes to three to reject the recommendation in favour of introducing the levy in May 2014.

According to police figures, 23 per cent of the 115 serious violent crimes recorded in Milton Keynes last year were logged during the late night levy time period, as were 65 per cent of the 245 sexual offences and 86 per cent of 775 public order offences.

The cost of funding 12 police officers in Central Milton Keynes on Friday and Saturday nights is said to be over £200,000. This does not include the additional police resources used in the rest of the city.