Driving forward a visitor levy for Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Finance Convener Cllr Alasdair Rankin has welcomed the latest commitment from the Scottish Government to progress levy raising powers for Councils without delay.

Speaking after Wednesday’s Scottish Parliament debate, where the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop urged greater participation in the Scottish Government’s ongoing consultation as she confirmed “there is no delay” to the process, Cllr Rankin commented: Finance and Resources Convener, Councillor Alasdair Rankin

“Coming so soon as it does after our detailed proposals to introduce the UK’s first ‘tourist tax’ -  which we published and submitted to Ministers last month - this is a welcome commitment from Ms Hyslop and a signal of how important this debate is to the whole country.

“Clearly, the Scottish Government is keen to progress without delay its national consultation and, in Edinburgh, we’ll continue to play a full part in the discussion.

“Having already done extensive work on an Edinburgh scheme, I’m confident we’ll be ready to go when the time comes.”  

Read about Edinburgh’s proposals for a Transient Visitor Levy, or ‘tourist tax’, here.


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