late night levy

Late Night Levy a slap in the face for Struggling Small Businesses

A ‘late night levy’ on businesses catering to the night-time economy will be a “massive slap in the face” for struggling small firms, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has warned. The levy, which will enable local authorities to charge licensed businesses between £299 and £4,440 to pay for policing town centres at night, amounts to little more than a stealth tax that undermines the Government’s commitment to revive UK high streets, according to FPB chief executive, Phil Orford. “Small pubs, like the rest of the small business community, are really struggling due to the current economic climate,” he said. “Consumer spending is low, while business costs are on the increase — business rates have just gone up by 5.6%.” &... »