The North Norfolk Labour Party is calling on the national party to adopt a policy that would lead to a cut in VAT for the tourism industry and consequently deliver a boost for jobs in the region.
Denise Burke, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for North Norfolk, believes that the government needs to do more to help local businesses in coastal communities and that a cut in VAT would spur on investment in North Norfolk towns like Wells, Sheringham, and Cromer as well as rural areas too.
She said: “Tourism is essential to North Norfolk and yet VAT on accommodation and attractions in the UK will soon be the highest in the EU. A cut from the 20pc rate would create more jobs and bring thousands more people to our vibrant towns and villages. I am pushing the Labour leadership to adopt this as policy.”
The proposal has had some discussion in the House of Commons already with Labour’s Deputy Leader Harriet Harman saying she would look further into it.
Speaking in the House of Commons she also criticised the lack of action from government, and argued: “People want to know where jobs are going to come from and how we are going to pay our way, and the answer in very large part is tourism. It is a big asset in an areas like Norfolk and Suffolk, providing jobs in areas where perhaps previous occupations are not so strong in providing jobs, which are complementary to the agricultural or coastal community.”