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UKHospitality calls levy consultation ludicrous

UKHospitality has criticised Redbridge Council’s decision to consult on the introduction of a late-night levy.

UKHospitality Chief Executive, Kate Nicholls said, “It is ridiculous that we are still having a conversation about the non-existent merits of the late-night levy and councils are still considering introducing it.

'The House of Lords Licensing Committee stated that it had limited benefits to policing and managing the late-night economy and recommended that it should be abolished.

“It is even more ludicrous that, at a time of near-unprecedented political and economic turmoil, Redbridge Council should seek to pile more costs on hard-working and valuable businesses in their area.'

Nicholls finished, “If the levy is introduced, there is a very real possibility that venues will be squeezed out of the areas altogether.