Deidre Brock MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

Local Tax Reform: Brock welcomes move to fairer system

Commenting on the publication of the report by the cross-party Commission on Local Tax Reform, Edinburgh North and Leith MP Deidre Brock said:-

"This detailed piece of work marks the beginning of the end for the discredited council tax. The report seriously considers all alternative options for local taxes - whether based on property, land or income – and will inform the proposals that are put forward in the Scottish Parliamentary elections next year. There is no quick fix, but this is a massive step towards developing a fairer system in Scotland.

"I particularly welcome the move towards greater flexibility for local governments, including the possibility of a tourist tax – something which is done successfully in many major destinations around the world. This would give Edinburgh a much-needed additional revenue stream to alleviate the pressure on the capital's budgets.

"There is a lot more work to be done, but I welcome the Scottish Government's consensual approach and their unwavering commitment to replacing the council tax with a more progressive system."

Notes to editors

The Commission on Local Tax Reform was set up by the Scottish Government and COSLA a year ago with representatives from four political parties working alongside experts in public finance, law, housing, welfare and equalities.

The final report is available here: http://localtaxcommission.scot/

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