I have received confirmation from the Heritage Minister that the Labour/Plaid Assembly Government has caved in to Westminster about taxation changes which could have a devastating effect on thousands of self-catering operators in Wales.
Massive concern was expressed to me earlier this year by the Wales Association of Self-Catering Operators (WASCO) and many other small business owners regarding the repeal of the Furnished Holiday Letting Rules.
The proposal, introduced to comply with European Law, disallows capital allowances and will be incredibly damaging to self-catering operators who make up a huge part of Wales’ tourism industry.
Now Alun Ffred Jones has confirmed that Labour Treasury Ministers failed to advise him of plans to repeal the rules and that they have no plans to review the decision.
This is a deplorable situation as there has been a total lack of consultation with self-catering operators regarding these proposals and the impact they would have on their businesses.
The tourism sector in Wales is vital to our economy and it deserves better than a Labour Government that treats both it and the Assembly Government with contempt and a Minister in Cardiff Bay who has singularly failed to defend its interests.