"Late tax" in York

Plans for a "late night tax" in York have been criticised by bar owners, who say their industry is already struggling.

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Consultation over 'late tax' for bars and clubs in York

Pub and club owners in York could be forced to pay a controversial new tax after plans to charge them for cleaning up after late night drinkers passed their first stage at the city council.

Some bars could be charged more than £4000 a year under the so-called late night levy. The council hopes the proposal could raise more than £280,000.

Bar owners say they are being unfairly victimised. Licencees, the police and other community groups will now be consulted.

"Late night tax" could save £286,000 a year in York

Bars, pubs and clubs in York could be among the first in the country to be "taxed" up to almost £5,000 a year to help pay for policing rowdy late night streets.

The controversial levy is being discussed by York Council later today. The Cabinet will decide whether to launch a consultation.

Leeds Council have said it's also looking into launching the scheme.

Licensees say they're being punished at a time when the industry is struggling - but with cash tight to pay for policing - supporters say it could save York around £286,000 a year.

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