New 24-hour drinking laws have failed to reduce alcohol-related violence and have cost councils £100m, the Local Government Association has claimed.

A survey by the association found seven out of 10 councils, hospitals and police authorities reported an increase or no change in alcohol-related incidents, reported the Daily Telegraph.

“Town halls have been landed with an accumulated bill of £100m from the new laws and have been left with little option but to pass the cost on to the council taxpayer,” said LGA chairman Sir Simon Milton.

Meanwhile, sales of cigarettes to children have increased by almost 50%, according to a survey by the LGA.