A UK think tank is calling for the government to scrap ‘Ibiza tax’

TheAdamSmithInstitute,aneoliberalUKthinkthank,hascalledontheConservativepartytodropitsairpassengerdutyonunder30s,knownasthe‘Ibizatax’,toimproveyoungpeople’sprospectstravelling,livingandworkingabroad.

Currentlyallairpassengersovertheage16paytheduty,whichat£15foreconomyclassflightsunder2,000milesisamongthehighestintheworldincost,butexpertshavesuggestedraisingtheageto30tomakeiteasierforyoungpeople“visitingfriends,working,travelling,studyingandpartying”abroad.

There’sapoliticalmotivationbehindthesuggestion.JeremyCorbynandhisLabourparty,gaining30seats,andthefreemarketeconomics-favouringTASIbelievescrapping‘Ibizatax’isareasonablycheapwayfortheToriestoappealtoyoungerBrits.OtherwiseitfearstheConservativesrisklosingagenerationvoters.

Labourhaveridiculedthethinkthank’ssuggestionthattheToriescanwinyouthvoterswiththispolicy.

CatSmithMP,Labour’sShadowMinisterforVoterEngagementandYouthAffairs,told:“Thisisalaughablefailuretounderstandwhatyoungpeopleactuallycareabout.

“HavingspokentohundredsyoungpeopleoverthissummerIcansaythatalltheirdemandsfromgovernment,fromthecrisisinmentalservicestohugepersonaldebtsfromstudy,noonehasraisedAirPassengerDutywithme.

“Thisisaclearexampleconservativecirclescompletelyfailingtounderstandyoungpeople’slives.LivesthathavebeenmadeharderbyapoliticallymotivatedausterityorchestratedbyanouttouchConservativeGovernment.”

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