Local authorities boost hotel room tax campaign

Popular British tourism destinations have requested the power to impose on hotel room tax. City councils in UK cities including Bath and Bristol have joined London to call such a levy to the government.

The government is expected to respond to the requests this April, with plans focusing on a tax starting at £1 per room per night to help raise millions of pounds. This January, the Greater London Authority was mooted a 5% tax, which is a similar rate to Berlin, to help raise £240m each year.

Cllr Charles Gerrish of Bath and North East Somerset Council is helping to lead the campaign and said that they are in conversation with the government along with other authorities.

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