Politi­cian hits out at tourist tax plans

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ian Bunting

Mar­garet Mi t c h e l l is con­cerned that the in­tro­duc­tion of a tourist tax across Scot­land would fur­ther lead to the coun­try be­ing the high­est taxed area of the UK.

Ear­lier this year, Ed­in­burgh City Coun­cil an­nounced plans to in­tro­duce this type of tax, which would see an ad­di­tional levy charged to ho­tel rooms per night in the cap­i­tal.

Scot­tish First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon has now re­vealed she will launch a “coun­try-wide” con­sul­ta­tion on the tourist tax.

Coat­bridge-born Cen­tral Scot­land MSP Ms Mitchell re­sponded: “Scot­land is al­ready the high­est taxed area of the UK with the SNP in­tro­duc­ing a higher rate of in­come tax than that in Eng­land, Wales, and North­ern Ire­land.

“There are ar­eas of Cen­tral Scot­land blessed by nat­u­ral beauty and so the tourism in­dus­try is vi­tal to the re­gion.

“An ad­di­tional levy on ho­tel rooms would make it in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult for the ar­eas to re­main com­pet­i­tive.

“I will op­pose any at­tempts to dam­age the com­pet­i­tive of busi­nesses in Cen­tral Scot­land.”

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