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Edinburgh union leaders want to tax city tourists

16/02/2011 09:57

A tax on tourists in Edinburgh during peak times such as the festival would help soften the blow of funding cuts, according to trade union leaders.


John Stevenson, president of Unison's Edinburgh branch, said the city council should look into charging tourists as a way of generating income.

He said the extra cash would help "hold together the framework of public services".


Mr Stevenson said: "We are not talking about great funds - it won't rescue all public services but will help maintain their infrastructure.

"The council is in a disadvantageous position in that it puts money into festivals and gets nothing back from that.


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