Policing could be maintained with a late night levy, say Greens

Oxford's Green Councillors have reacted to the news of likely police cuts by again urging the City Council to impose a 'late night levy' on late opening bars, restaurants and fast food outlets.

Police_cuts.jpgLegislation allows Councils to impose such a levy only if they use the funds raised for policing and community safety. 

Previous attempts by the Greens to get the Council to adopt the Levy have been voted down by Labour.
Says Green Councillor Craig Simmons: "this is a no-brainer for cities such as Oxford where considerable numbers of late night premises exist and require policing. The cost to each establishment is minimal but, collectively, the Levy provides a useful source of revenue that would negate the effects of the announced funding cut."

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