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Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg writes to the Evening Standard

Dear Editor

Tristram Hunt is absolutely  right to argue for a hotel tax [“A hotel tax could generate precious cash  to boost London’s cultural scene.  The Mayor should push for it,” January 22 ].

However, the proceeds of such a levy (estimated to be £25 million a year in Westminster alone) should be used more widely, to also pay for the costs of key services used by visitors to the capital.

We need more and better public toilets, improved street lighting and pavements — all of which a hotel tax can help pay for.

As Mr Hunt says, a hotel tax has not diminished the popularity of Florence or Antwerp as tourist destinations, and we should take this bold step now.

yours faithfully

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg
Labour Environment spokesperson,
Westminster council

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