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VAT Relief Welcomed by MSP

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Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford has welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement of a six month VAT cut for hospitality and tourism.

The cut means VAT will be reduced from 20% to 5% for businesses including pubs and restaurants as well as ticketed events and attractions.

Crawford MSP has campaigned for VAT to be scrapped on hospitality and tourism for a number of years as the industry plays a key role in the local Stirling economy.

He said: “I’m pleased that the Chancellor has listened to the calls… and offered this VAT holiday.

“Having written to previous Tory Chancellors in this issue… it has taken a global pandemic and looming financial crisis for this government to wake up and smell the VAT-reduced coffee.

“I’m hopeful that, as we continue to make huge progress in suppressing the virus here in Scotland, and as more cafes, pubs, restaurants and other visitor attractions begin to open… more and more people come to visit the Stirling area, helping to reignite our vibrant economy.”

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