London Night Czar calls for suspension of levy fees

By Finn Scott-Delany

- Last updated on GMT

London Night Czar calls for suspension of levy fees

Related tags: Coronavirus

London's Night Czar Amy Lamé has written to each of the capital’s local authorities requesting they suspend the collection of annual licence and late night levy fees for a year.

Lamé, who was appointed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan Greater to promote the capital as a 24-hour city back in 2016, wrote to 33 authorities to outline the severe risks facing licensed venues during the Coronavirus lockdown.

She wrote: “The Government’s support package has provided a vital lifeline. However, without customer income, businesses must reduce spending to a bare minimum to avoid permanent closure.

“We are working with Government, local authorities, businesses, landlords and others to ensure that as many night-time businesses as possible can survive through this period. They will play a vital role in the recovery of our high streets after the crisis has passed.

“The Mayor (Sadiq Khan) and I are asking all London local authorities to consider providing their licensed premises with a licence fee holiday for 12 months.

“This could include suspending collection of annual licence fees and late-night levy fees where applicable. It mirrors the business rates holiday for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses.”

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