In a passionate cross examination of the Welsh Government’s Minister for Finance, the Member of the Welsh Parliament for Aberconwy – Janet Finch-Saunders MS – has reiterated her concerns about the push towards taxation as a means of combatting the country’s housing crisis. Instead, Mrs Finch-Saunders made clear the need to incentivise private landlords from moving over to the hospitality sector.
Speaking after her intervention, Janet said:
“After one of the busiest seasons ever experienced in Llandudno and North Wales, we should be thanking our holiday-let operators for the immense economic benefit that they bring to our communities and tourism offer. “I know I am not alone in rejecting the constant flow of negative and belittling comments aimed at our second home and self-catering accommodation owners. For too long, this Welsh Government has been swaying towards Plaid Cymru’s nationalist stance of being anti-tourist, anti-business and anti-ambition. “Local Authorities have rightly been hesitant to increase these premiums. This tool was actually intended to bring long-term empty homes back into use but this has not been achieved. “The current regressive stance taken by the Welsh Government towards taxation and against private landlords is only serving to push them towards the lucrative market of holiday-let accommodation. The Welsh Government must come forward with plans to incentivise our private landlords to remain in the private rented sector rather than moving over to the hospitality sector.”
Photo: Janet Finch-Saunders MS/AS