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11th November 2014

Government moves to tackle ‘double charging’ for BIDs welcomed

The BBPA has welcomed moves by the Government to tackle ‘double charging’ for local businesses operating in Business Improvements Districts when it comes to exempting them from the Late Night Levy in towns and cities where the new tax is introduced.

 

The announcement comes in the Government’s review of BIDs published this weekend, where in range of proposals, DCLG has said it will “amend guidance to local authorities to ensure they carefully consider exempting from the Late Night Levy, any eligible Business Improvement Districts that are already funding night-time economy measures so high streets don’t pay twice.”

 

The BBPA has also welcomed moved to ensure that local authorities work more closely with Business Improvement Districts, through encouraging them to participate more actively in the planning process.

 

BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds comments.

 

“It is great to see the Government do more to recognise that voluntary local partnerships like BIDs really do work.  While I don’t think that a new tax on local businesses, through the Late Night Levy, is the way forward for any town centre, this is a positive step to help ensure local businesses don’t pay twice. I hope local authorities take note of any new guidance.”

ENDS

 

For further information please contact:

 

David Wilson, Public Affairs Director: Tel (020) 7627 9151

Neil Williams, Head of Media: (020) 7627 9156

 

Notes to editors:

The Government’s response to the consultation is available here.

The British Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies. The Association is more than a century old and was originally founded as the Brewers’ Society in 1904. Our members account for some 90 per cent of beer brewed in Britain today, and own around 20,000 of the nation’s pubs.

 

 

Neil Williams

Head of Media

British Beer & Pub Association

020 7627 9156

07974 249 779

www.beerandpub.com