Raising the Bar - Accreditation scheme

‘Raising the bar’ is a best practice scheme which Newcastle City Council’s Safe Newcastle unit have introduced in the summer of 2015 in hopes that it can encourage late night venues to go over their licensed conditioning requirements champion the safety policies and procedures they have in place in return for a 30% discount on their ‘Late Night Levy’ and an accreditation certifying the venue for their upkeep of public order, noise reduction, safety and public health.

Newcastle’s ‘Late Night Levy’ is annual levy fee that licensed premises authorised to supply alcohol between midnight and 6am are required to pay, contributing to the council and police services provided during the night time economy.

The scheme was also introduced in hopes that it would provide locals with more information about Newcastle’s late night venues and a local directory of which particular venues they could visit for their night life plans.

Raising the Bar has proved to be a great success as 124 venues have demonstrated that they can ‘raise the bar’ and provide night time safety.

Safe Newcastle is the Community Safety Partnership and Drug Action Team for Newcastle upon Tyne and is a partnership working together to help make Newcastle a safe city to live and work.

If you’re interested to find out which venues have been accredited under the best practice scheme ‘Raising the Bar’, visit the council website.

Applications will be open again for more venues next year, if you're interested to apply for the scheme, you can contact Safe Newcastle by emailing latenightlevy@newcastle.gov.uk or phone Christine Knox on 0191 277 7831 for more information and future updates about the scheme.

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