Councils back Monica Lennon MSP call for Tourist Tax

Scotland’s local government umbrella group has joined Labour MSP Monica Lennon in calling for councils to have the power to set a Tourist Tax.

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) is the latest in a series of organisations to back the proposal.

Scotland’s public services are under increased strain, and a tourist tax could prove to be a vital new revenue stream for councils.

Labour proposed a Tourist Tax as part of their proposals of the alternative budget earlier this year.

Labour believes local communities know best on how to fund their vital public services.

Scottish Labour Communities Spokesperson Monica Lennon, said:

“Labour will always fight to ensure our vital public services are well-funded and meet the needs of local communities.

“Scotland’s public services are under increased pressure and our local communities are in serious need of additional funding, which means we need to urgently look at new ways for local authorities to raise revenues, including a Tourist Tax.

“Tourism is a vital industry for our economy, and its growth is welcome. This is one small measure that could see communities who work hard to attract visitors directly benefiting from increased tourist numbers.

“The Scottish Government must now listen to councils across Scotland and give them the power to set a tourist tax if they believe it is in the best interests of the communities they serve.

“Labour will continue to stand up for local democracy and call for our councils to receive the funding they need.”