Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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Austin: Cut tourism VAT to create 100 jobs

Dudley MP Ian Austin is calling for cuts to VAT on local tourist attractions to boost Dudley’s town centre.

New figures show that cutting tourism VAT to 5% from 20% would boost Dudley’s economy by £3 million yearly and create nearly 100 new jobs.

Campaigners say that the cut would lower prices for consumers and help millions of people afford a day out with the family. Nationally it’s estimated that the cut would generate up to £4.1 billion a year and create more than 120,000 jobs by 2025.

Austin has campaigned in support of Dudley’s tourism industry for many years, supporting local attractions like Dudley Zoo and the Black Country Living Museum.

He has now written to the Chancellor George Osborne calling on him to cut tourism VAT to help attract new visitors to the town.

Ian Austin said:

“I grew up here and had my first job in McDonald’s in the High Street. I spent one summer washing dishes in the Black Country Museum so I know how important tourism is to the area and like anyone else from Dudley, I want to see new ideas to bring new investment, trade and jobs to the town.

“Tourism is central to Dudley’s future. That’s why tax should be cut for great local attractions like Dudley Zoo and we should open Dudley Castle up to concerts and plays too.”

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