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Plans unveiled to place night time levy on Southampton's bars and clubs
CITY bosses have tonight announced plans to introduce a controversial charge on Southampton's night time economy to help pay for the cost of policing drunken revellers.
Details of the night time levy on bars and clubs in Southampton were revealed tonight at a community safety conference attended by more than 100 people.
The scheme is aimed at helping with the costs involved in policing of the city centre at night.
It is hoped the extra money could free up police to patrol communities outside the city centre on a Friday and Saturday night.
The powers are available to local authorities under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.
Under the levy the police would receive 70 per cent of the money while Southampton City Council would receive 30 per cent which it would dish out to voluntary groups who assist people affected by drink such as the ICE bus or the street pastors.
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