Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill

Memorandum submitted by Ian Collins MBII (PR 88)

"Late Night Tax"

I am the owner of two licensed premises here in Ilkley, West Yorkshire.

I also Chair and founded our local Pubwatch scheme in 2005, which meets regularly with

West Yorkshire Police.

The late licences came into effect in 2006. Most venues in Ilkley have licences to sell alcohol after midnight.

Can I ask that your enquiry look at the crime statistics for Ilkley since the Pubwatch scheme came into effect.

The results show a drastic drop in alcohol-related crime, to the point where one local "bobby" is sufficient to Police the town most evenings. A huge saving in Police resources.

If a tax is levied on licensed premises in Ilkley for trading after midnight, it is a slap in the face for decent licensees and defeats the point of running a successful Pubwatch.

Bradford Council is actively saving money on its Police budget due to our own actions.

If a late night "tax" is applied to our town, we might as well dissolve Pubwatch, leave the Police to deal with issues and an increase in the Council's Police budget will no doubt have to follow. An increase in the rates will then have to follow that and then those politicians supporting these sort of proposals will find themselves ousted by the voters.

Madness.

Compulsory membership of a Pubwatch scheme might be a better way forward, particularly in smaller towns. City centres may have to be looked at differently.

I would be more than happy to show you how our Pubwatch scheme is run and why it has succeeded.

January 2011