UKH responds to launch of Home Office consultation into late night levy

Responding to the launch of a Home Office consultation into the late night levy, UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said, “The ineffective and costly late night levy continues to stifle the recovery of the night-time economy, which was among the hardest hit by the pandemic.

“Now is not the time to extend the levy and the economic harm it inflicts on our late-night venues, taking £365,000 from the industry last year. Instead, the levy should be abolished in order to free up much-needed cash for businesses to invest in their business or, in many cases, simply stay afloat.

“Some cities across the UK have reached that conclusion themselves, taking the decision to remove the levy, and the House of Lords Committee are of the same view; concluding the levy had failed to achieve its objectives and should be abolished.'

Kate closed, “The night-time economy is part of the fabric of towns and cities across the country, attracting thousands of visitors and raising millions for the economy. I’d urge the Government to remove the levy as soon as possible to allow the night-time economy to flourish, recognising all the benefits it brings to local areas.”