‘Tourism VAT cut is a priority’ – Ritchie

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
SDLP Westminster Candidate for South Down Margaret Ritchie has promised that the party will make securing a VAT cut to boost the local tourism and hospitality sector a priority following the election. Margaret RitchieSpeaking to Newry Times, Ritchie stated, “I was disappointed that another Budget went past in April in which the opportunity was missed to cut the VAT rate for the tourism and hospitality sector. “Here we have a ready-made policy that would boost growth, create jobs and deliver results for the entire local economy. “We have so much to offer visitors, from our stunning scenery to world class events and locations, but we need to make our industry more competitive by creating a level playing field,” she insisted. “This policy will be an absolute priority for the SDLP at Westminster and it is something we will be asking for commitments on during any negotiations following a hung parliament. Ritchie added, “We were the first party from the North to champion this policy and will continue to do so after the election.”
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