Edinburgh ‘bed tax’ could raise £2.5m, says Scottish Labour

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Edinburgh ‘bed tax’ could raise £2.5m, says Scottish Labour

Party backs SNP council leader’s proposed levy to fund services and tourism facilities as Edinburgh festival closes

Edinburgh council could raise up to £2.5m if it were able to levy a tax on the city’s booming levels of festival tourism, Scottish Labour has said.

The party has backed proposals from Edinburgh’s council leader, Adam McVey of the Scottish National party, for councils to introduce a so-called bed tax on all hotel and short-stay rooms in the city to help fund services and tourism facilities.

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