Date lodged: 7 February 2019
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5F-03037 by John Swinney on 7 February 2019 (Official Report, c. 9), which organisations it has met to discuss workplace parking levies, and on what dates.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 7 March 2019
The Scottish Government met with a number of organisations to discuss the principle of a Workplace Parking Levy following the commitment given at the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee to explore Local Authorities’ appetite for these powers. These meetings were with COSLA on 8 and 23 January and 19 February; with Regional Transport Partnerships (RTPs) on 9 January; with the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) on 6 January and with City of Edinburgh Council on 5 February. The Scottish Government met with the Federation of Small Business on 19 February. In addition, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, the Economy and Fair Work and the Minister for Public Finance and the Digital Economy met the main business representative organisations (Scottish Chambers of Commerce, CBI Scotland, FSB Scotland, IoD Scotland, SCDI and Scottish Financial Enterprise) to discuss the budget on 5 February where Workplace Parking Levies was one of the topics discussed.