If small businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector in Mayo are to survive the Covid 19 pandemic, then the VAT rate nationally this year needs to be reduced to 0 percent.

That was the call of Westport based Fine Gael councillor Peter Flynn at this week’s meeting of Mayo County Council’s Special Policy Committee meeting on Tourism and Food.

He acknowledged that it was a Fine Gael led government that increased the VAT rate to 13 and a half percent, up from 9 percent some years ago, but insists that in the present climate if we are to keep hotels, restaurants and coffee shops open in areas of county Mayo than the rate must now be reduced down to 0 %.

Cllr Flynn has been telling Midwest News that this is just one of a number of measures now needed at government level to ensure that tourists will have a place to go and eat and sleep in the future when they visit Mayo.

 

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