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'Local partnership working for a vibrant night time economy' – report

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'Local partnership working for a vibrant night time economy' – report 10th October 2018

LGiU and Portman Group have published their report local towns and cities’ approach to managing the evening and night time economy.

The report was informed by a survey of over 100 council leaders, cabinet members, chief officers and service directors in English local authorities.

The report said: “Far from being seen as an unwelcome drain on council resources, councils are leading the way in developing night time economy strategies that recognise the immense opportunity for local people, businesses and council finances.

“But they can’t achieve this in isolation. Local authorities are pioneering collaborative approaches with the police, health services, businesses, local charities and others. Through this partnership working many areas have succeeded in drastically reducing emergency hospital admissions and crime, and have encouraged local businesses and community groups to offer new evening and night time activities such as late night shopping and museum entry, street food markets and comedy evenings.”

Key findings of the report:

- Three quarters (74%) of councils see developing their night time economy as ‘a key priority’ or ‘important’

- Three quarters (75%) of councils say they would welcome national level policy to facilitate the sharing of best practice and information

- Partnership working is essential in supporting a vibrant night time economy, say 8 in 10 councils (79%), with local businesses (95%) and the police (93%) named as key partners by most councils

- Only 1 in 5 (22%) councils have a dedicated night time economy strategy; but of those that do, many are planning for the long term – half say their strategy looks 4+ years ahead

- 9 in 10 councils (88%) treat their area’s night time economy as a way of supporting local businesses and job creation; and 7 in 10 (74%) see it as a way of attracting new people to the area

- Antisocial behaviour and crime is a major issue in the night time economy, with three quarters of councils (72%) placing it in their top three challenges

- Almost all councils (92%) believe that the night time economy will play an important role in preventing the decline of high street retail

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