Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Cut VAT on tourism to boost town centre, says local MP

Dudley North MP Ian Austin is calling for cuts to VAT on local tourist attractions.

New figures show that a 5% reduction to VAT for accommodation and attractions in the tourism sector would help boost UK GDP by up to £4 billion a year and would also create 123,000 new jobs.

Austin is a long-time backer of Dudley’s tourism potential, and has spoken in the House of Commons about extra funding for the likes of Dudley Zoo and the Black Country Living Museum.

Austin has written to George Osborne, the Chancellor, calling for a VAT cut to boost tourism, attract new visitors and grow the town’s economy.

Ian Austin said:

“I grew up in Dudley and had my first job in the High Street. Like anyone else from here, 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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