Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Finlay welcomes council opposition to potential new taxes

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has welcomed confirmation that the leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council does not support the introduction of a so-called car parking tax or a tourist tax in the region.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP had written to Elaine Murray, the Labour leader of the council to ask if she supported the introduction of a workplace levy across the region.

The plans in the Budget deal agreed between the SNP and the Greens, propose introducing a tax to park at work that would either be taken on by employers or passed onto employees.

And yesterday, Edinburgh backed plans to introduce a £2 tourist tax for visitors staying in the capital, though these plans would have to be passed by Parliament.

Mr Carson has welcomed the council leader confirming she will be setting out her position when the council set their Budget later this month, with Ms Murray describing the proposals as more urban centric.

Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “This is welcome that the council leader has confirmed the administration will not be backing the proposals for a workplace parking levy or a tourist tax.

“These proposals agreed by the SNP and the Greens are completely misguided and would punish businesses and residents across the region if they were ever rolled out.

“When it comes to setting their Budget, the council can send a strong message against these proposals, and I hope the SNP councillors on Dumfries and Galloway will tell Derek Mackay that these taxes are unworkable in rural communities, which are reliant on tourism, as well as having access to cars.

“This Budget deal between the SNP and the Greens continues to unravel and it is pleasing that the council leader has listened to my concerns over these additional tax proposals which would harm the local economy.”