Supermarket tax will hit local jobs

Cathy Peattie has called on the Scottish Government to back down on its plans for a supermarket tax.

Cathy Peattie with Tesco's Redding Road store manager, Bill Nisbet

Cathy Peattie with Tesco's Redding Road store manager, Bill Nisbet

The tax might raise £30m, but supermarkets and department stores warn that it will lead to cuts in investment and up to 8,000 job losses in Scotland.

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie said:

“While I appreciate that some may think a tax on bigger shops is good news for smaller ones, I am not convinced. Both locally and nationally, I think this will do more harm than good.

“Given the scale of supermarket and distribution job losses that is likely in the Falkirk area, the resulting loss of income is bad news for everyone in the local economy.

“Adding that to higher prices, it is clear that people will have less money to spend – and that cannot be good news for local traders.”

Tony McElroy, Tesco Corporate Affairs Manager said:

“We’ve got an excellent track record of investment in Scotland. We’re very concerned that this levy will make future investment much more difficult and will damage jobs at this crucial time for the economy. We and others have urged the Scottish Government to think again.”

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