Tourist levy

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0615
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Camden council is looking at adopting the charge used in European cities including Paris, Berlin and Barcelona to raise £5m a year, which it would spend on extra street cleaning in popular tourist areas, including Camden Lock. The council has been forced to consider a tourist levy because government cuts have left its finances badly depleted. Local authorities do not currently have the power to tax hotel stays, which would require national legislation or a local voluntary agreement. Will you join Camden in lobbying for such levy raising powers for local councils?

Answer

Answer for Tourist levy

Answer for Tourist levy

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I agree with the London Finance Commission which recommended London government should be able to introduce smaller taxes, as part of greater fiscal devolution to the capital. A hotel bedroom tax is one such tax and is operational in a number of other cities. I believe, however, any discussion should be, in the first instance, by agreeing a framework at the pan-London or national level. This will need to ensure the views of all stakeholders are included, fairness across London boroughs and consider the potential of hypothecating funding to cultural attractions, such as our great museums and galleries.