Southern Hampshire CAMRA

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The latest news of our activities locally and CAMRA's activities nationally are described below.

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Local News

  All Party Parliamentary Pub Group Inquiry
In response to the devastating impact of the COVID-19 crisis, the Pubs APPG is launching an inquiry that will aim to understand how pubs have been affected, and what they need from the Government to thrive in the coming months and years.
To do this, the Pubs APPG wants to listen to the people who have made pubs the heart of so many communities, and ask what their businesses need.
Their responses will be used to produce a report and recommendations on how the Government can support pubs and publicans in the future.
To make your contibution to the inquiry and help with the survival of Real Ale and British pubs follow this link -

Posted by Pete Horn on 03/05/2021

  Beer in the UK
Added to On-line Hop Press, a reprint of Tim Webb's 'Beer in the UK – Issue 1 Reflections on Q1 2020', a brief report on the global brewing industry and the UK's place in it. See Hop Press for the full article.

Posted by Pete Horn on 23/04/2021

  Southampton Late Night Levy ends
[Summary by Rob Whatley, for the full article see Hop Press]

Southampton City Council introduced the Late Night Levy in 2015.

It was able to do so following the passing of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, that enabled licensing authorities to raise a contribution from late-opening alcohol suppliers towards policing the night-time economy.

As per the contents of the Act, the Levy covered the whole of the city licensing area, including small pubs in outlying areas. The annual amount paid is set nationally and is based on the rateable value of the premises. Of the money raised, 70% goes to the police while the remainder goes to support the likes of Taxi Marshalls, Street Pastors, street cleansing and CCTV.

At a council meeting in November 2020 the decision was taken to stop the Late Night Levy in the city from 1 April 2021. Part of the reason for the change was that in 2017 a Business Improvement District (BID) was established in Southampton. The BID area covers the Above Bar and Bedford Place areas and is funded by local businesses. 49 premises were subject to both the Late Night Levy and paying contributions the BID.

Although the Late Night Levy has ended for the time being in Southampton, there is the possibility that it could be reintroduced in the future. Further details can be found at:

Posted by Pete Horn on 12/04/2021

Previous local news can be found in our Local News Archive.


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