Coalition puts tax plan to bed
A DEVON MP has voiced his support for the Government's decision not to introduce a tax on overnight accommodation – a proposal put forward by Labour's Shadow Minister Sadiq Khan and backed by many Labour councils. Conservative MP Mel Stride, whose Central Devon constituency includes many bed and breakfast owners and pub landlords who also offer overnight accommodation, said the tax would be a "disaster" for the South West and applauded the Coalition for ruling out such a move.
Mr Stride said: "Tourism is vital to Devon's economy and this plan by Labour would force up the cost of the average fortnight's break in the UK by more than £120. This would be a disaster for hotel owners, B&B owners and pub landlords alike, and would without doubt have a negative impact on local employment."
Supporters suggested the idea could be trialled in London.
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