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Local News

  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

  Hop Press 89 Spring 2021 Hop Press is out - plus a crossword
Normally, over 3600 copies of our branch magazine are delivered to our local pubs but that is not to be. Issue 89 is on-line only and while it has just the regular Pub News for now more articles will be added as we go on - the benefits of not being fixed to paper! Read it now. Plus, a 'just for fun' (i.e. non-competition) crossword from Quetzalcoalt has been added.
Posted by Pete Horn on 03/03/2021

  Ray Massey Ray Massey
We are sad to announce that branch stalwart Ray Massey passed away quietly in his sleep Tuesday Night 4th August 2020. Ray had been very active in the branch over the last 25 or so years, helping with beer festivals, pub surveying (22 current surveys) beer scoring and many memorable 'Walk for Drinkers' articles for both Hop Press and Winchester Beer Festival programmes. Ray was a true gentleman and will be missed by many.
Posted by Pete Horn on 07/08/2020

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


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