Transient visitor tax news release from COSLA

COSLA’s Resources Spokesperson Councillor Gail Macgregor has today (Wednesday) backed the City of Edinburgh Council’s local consultation on their transient visitor levy as absolutely the right thing to do and praised them for wanting to get any model right for their unique local circumstances.

Councillor Macgregor said: “COSLA is clear that a local Transient Visitor Tax, or levy, is a local tax for local determination. It would not be a Scotland-wide tax but a tax that could be introduced locally if the circumstances were right locally.

“TVT is rightfully a local tax, no one size will fit all, and that is why Edinburgh is right to proceed with a local consultation to determine local circumstance.

“It is also worth re-iterating that TVT would be a tax on visitors and not on businesses. That it would generate revenue to contribute to the cost of maintaining public services vital to tourism; as well as enhancing the tourist experience. It would also provide an opportunity to strengthen local areas and in turn, Scotland’s ability to compete in global tourism.”

Councillor Macgregor concluded: “Of course, not all councils will want to introduce a tax because crucially it may not be right for their area.  For those that do see benefit in it, the detail of TVT would rightly vary across the country as no local area or local economy is the same. 

“Local consultation is therefore vital to getting local TVT right. We can give the absolute assurance that each local authority would work with local citizens, local businesses and the local tourist sector in design.”

COSLA’s President Councillor Alison Evison went on to say: “COSLA works to strengthen local democracy and local choice. The Scottish Government should respect the will of local councils to consider innovative ways to raise additional resources for their communities and to enhance the visitor experience.”

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Wed, 26/09/2018 - 13:49