May 27, 2022

The Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) said many firms were still recovering from the financial effects of the epidemic, which had “significantly reduced trade and significantly increased costs” over the past two years.

MSPs from Hollywood’s Pure Zero, Energy and Transport Committee will consider a final bid by the Scottish Conservatives next week to end the move.

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Concerns have been raised about the impact of parking levies on workplaces. Photo: Jason Chadwick

Workplace parking levy (WPL) schemes will enable councils to charge employers for office parking spaces.

Nottingham became the first British council to introduce the initiative in 2012, charging جگہ 428 per seat per year.

Edinburgh and Glasgow are among those who are interested in following.

In a letter to the Hollywood Road Committee, SCC Director Liz Cameron criticized the “additional financial burden on businesses and their employees.”

He warned that without putting a cap on the levy, “businesses face a postcode lottery on charges”, adding that the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce had “allowed businesses to pay the levy, their investment.” Evidence has been found to make people redundant to reduce. Or relocate altogether “after the Nottingham scheme.

He said: “To support Scotland’s business and economic recovery, the SCC believes that the WPL should be abolished or, at the very least, postponed further.”

The Food and Drink Federation Scotland warned that the charges would impose “another financial burden” on producers and remove money from jobs and investments.

Chief executive David Thompson said one of its members had calculated that the scheme would cut their profits by more than 5 per cent in times of “extreme financial pressure”.

He said parking levies should be increased where there is a lack of reliable public transport options or safety concerns for employees coming to work, or where a business has a car park that is “according to shift patterns”. Should not be introduced

David Lonsdale, director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, said the body was concerned that levies were “a prescription for extra cost and complexity”.

He told MSPs: “This is especially so because firms are already paying business rates on parking spaces provided for their staff, and thus parking spaces can be taxed twice.

“This may force some employers to consider whether they should recover some or all of the cost of the levy from the staff, so the effect of this policy is to maintain the cost of living and / or the employers’ staff.” May be on the ability to recruit. “

He called for a halt to any implementation during the coming financial year to help recover from the epidemic.

The MSPs on the committee will consider the Tory bid to finalize the plans on Tuesday.

A spokesman for Transport Scotland said: “Giving local authorities the discretionary power to implement the workplace parking levy scheme supports our commitment to reduce car kilometers by 20% by 2030.

“These options are already available to local authorities in England and Wales. Any proceeds raised by WPL should be used to support the goals of local transport strategies, which are green transport options and affordable. Can support public transport.

“Local authorities will be required to conduct a public consultation and review the implications of the WPL scheme before implementing it, including the licensing charge.”

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