Welcome news for Edinburgh's TVL proposals

Council Leaders respond to the Scottish Government's Budget Debate today.

Council Leader, Adam McVey, said: “I welcome today’s announcement by the Finance Minister, which paves the way for a TVL scheme in Edinburgh and pays testament to the strength of the case we have developed.Adam McVey  a  Ward 13 Leith  SNP

“After many months of robust research and feedback, the time has come for us to submitting our proposals to Ministers and MSPs for their consideration and, if we are successfully granted the necessary powers, to steering Edinburgh towards becoming the first Local Authority in the UK to introduce such a scheme.

“We have been clear throughout that an Edinburgh TV: would need to reflect the interests of everyone in the city, including our citizens and businesses and the hospitality industry. Our proposals offer a fair scheme which will be simple to implement, refined following overwhelming support and feedback. We will ensure this engagement continues as we develop the proposals further.”Cammy Day  a  Ward 4 Forth  Lab

Depute Council Leader, Cammy Day, added: “Our city’s population is increasing and tourism continues to grow, yet our budget faces ever-increasing pressures. I think it’s entirely fair to expect tourists to contribute to the city maintenance, to cultural and tourist investments so that it remains globally attractive. 

“Providing Edinburgh with the means to raise additional finance - money which can be reinvested into supporting and developing our visitor destination appeal - is in all of our interests. £2 a night is a small price to pay to visit a Capital city and directly contribute towards its ongoing success.”

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