The Association of London Governments (ALG) has denied claims that a plate tax may be introduced as a way of levying taxes on restaurants. An article in the Sunday Express criticised the ALG for submitting a proposal to Sir Michael Lyons calling for a 6% surcharge on sit-down meals in pubs and restaurants and a 10% charge on takeaway food. The tax would raise a total £1.5bn in extra cash for the government, according to the newspaper. However, Steve Lord, director of finance at ALG, said: “The proposal was in no shape or form endorsed or supported by the ALG.” Talking to M&C Report’s sister publication, Morning Advertiser, Lord said: “A couple of years ago we commissioned a piece of academic research to look at how a range of issues would affect London. Members never took a view on the findings; it was simply to find out whether they would be a serious runner.” Caroline Spelman, Shadow Secretary of State for Local Government, said: "In recent years there has been a dramatic improvement in the quality and range of restaurants in Britain. Yet I fear this high street resurgence will be choked by a new meal and take-away tax. We need to vigorously oppose these plans before they get momentum." Plate tax was not mentioned in the ALG’s interim report, but the final findings of the Lyons report are not due to be published until the end of the year.