Bed tax under investigation

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City chiefs have been asked to investigate whether a controversial charge on visitors staying in Edinburgh can be introduced.

Members of the Lib Dem/SNP coalition running the Capital have confirmed that they agree “in principle” with the concept of a “bed tax” – which would see £1 or £2 added on to the rates paid by hotel guests.

They have now asked officials to provide a report detailing whether the council can introduce a bed tax itself, or whether it needs legislation from the Scottish Parliament.

The issue was debated in the City Chambers following a motion by Green councillor Steve Burgess.

Industry representatives had urged councillors to reject the proposal, which could raise up to £10 million a year for the city.