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Car park tax ‘would cost public sector bodies £5 million’

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A proposed car park tax will come under a joint attack from Labour and Tory MSPs today amid claims that it could cost public sector organisations £5 million.

Scottish Labour says public bodies accountable to the Scottish Parliament have at least 37,082 parking spaces, of which 10,764 are exclusively available to workers. If each of these worker-only spaces is charged at £417, this would leave public sector bodies with a bill of £5,036,526.

Colleges and universities, accounting for 25,537 parking spaces of which 2,708 are exclusively for staff, could face a bill of £1,129,236 in Workplace Parking Levy payments.

The figures were obtained through freedom of information requests ahead of a debate on the Transport Bill in the Scottish parliament.

Labour MSP Jackie Baillie, who lodged the FOI requests, said: “The Workplace Parking Levy has been sold as a new revenue stream to fund struggling public services – but in reality it will hit public sector budgets for £5 million they simply don’t have, thanks to Tory austerity passed on by the SNP.

Councils need adequate funding – not a sticking plaster which will hit the poor and siphon funding from colleges and universities

– Jackie Baillie

“When cash-strapped public bodies are handed the bill, it’s more than likely that – like other employers hit by the car park tax – they will pass it on to their workers.

“It’s time for ministers to come clean. Scottish Labour will vote against this punitive new tax on Wednesday. Councils need adequate funding – not a sticking plaster which will hit the poor and siphon funding from colleges and universities.”

Labour MSPs have tabled a series of amendments to be considered when the Transport Bill reaches Stage 3 at Holyrood. If MSPs of other parties vote down an amendment from MSP Neil Bibby to remove the tax altogether, Labour will seek to protect low-paid workers from being hit the hardest.

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