London businesses give their views on Mansion Tax policies

Wednesday 29th April 2015

 

London businesses give their views on Mansion Tax policies

With just over a week to go until the UK votes in the next general election, businesses have given their views on one of the most controversial proposals in the campaign - for a "Mansion Tax" on high value properties.

In a recent poll of more than 500 London business leaders carried out by ComRes for London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI):

More than half of London business leaders (52%) are opposed to proposals for a Mansion Tax on properties valued above £2 million  

A majority of London business leaders support proposals for the reform of the current Council Tax system to increase tax yield on higher end properties (56%), while 34% say they oppose this

Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said:  "The introduction of a Mansion Tax could be resolutely bad for London, it would create uncertainty among investors, potentially damaging investment potential, and adds another layer of complexity to an already cumbersome domestic property tax system.

"The effects of an additional tax on properties over £2million would be felt most acutely in London, where the property market is most buoyant. London businesses agree - in our most recent polling at the start of this year, more than half of business leaders said they would oppose the introduction of a Mansion Tax.

"We, and London businesses as a whole, agree with the proposals put forward by the London Finance Commission, which could see additional Council Tax bands added to the existing system. This would be a much more proportionate response, and a system which would be far easier to implement and maintain."

ENDS

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NOTES TO EDITOR:

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) is the capital's largest and most representative business organisation, with members ranging in size from multi-national companies to SMEs and sole traders.

Colin Stanbridge is available for further comment and interview.

ComRes interviewed 503 London business decision makers between 29 January and 16 February 2015. Data has been weighted to be representative of all London businesses by company size and broad industry sector.

Data tables can be viewed on the ComRes website: www.comresglobal.com