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Camden adopts late-night levy

Last week Camden Councillors voted to introduce a late-night levy, that will come into effect from April 28 this year.

As part of the levy licensed premises that serve alcohol between the hours of midnight – 6am will be charged a small levy, which will be used to help combat some of the ill effects of the night-time economy.

Camden is well known for its vibrant nightlife, it’s one of the many things that makes in such a popular destination in London.

However the ill-effects of the night-time economy adds extra pressure on already stretched local services. The late-night levy will contribute additional funding to address crime, anti-social behaviour and increased waste.

Councillor Jonathan Simpson, Cabinet Member for Community Safety said:

"We have adopted a Late Night Levy after careful consideration. We’re confident the approach takes into account the need to have a vibrant night time economy as well as the needs of local residents.

“The funds raised by the modest levy will go towards providing additional services, including street cleaning and pop-up urinals, to help ensure residents and visitors to Camden are not negatively impacted by the night time economy.

“The decision to implement this levy has not being taken lightly and comes as a result of significant consultation which residents and businesses, the majority of whom were in favour.”

Once implemented, Council will monitor the progress of the levy closely and conduct a review after 12 months.