Praise for tax plans u-turn

Fylde MP Mark Menzies
Fylde MP Mark Menzies
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A LOCAL MP has praised the Government’s tax u-turn.

Unpopular plans to charge VAT on hot pies – dubbed the “pasty tax” – and static caravans have been scrapped following protests by bakers and caravan enthusiasts.

Across the Fylde coast bakeries and caravan sites opposed the tax, and Fylde MP Mark Menzies, who spoke to a number of “concerned” businesses locally, has welcomed the Government’s change of heart.

He said: “This is welcome news for many businesses in Fylde and shows the Chancellor has genuinely listened to the consultation.

“I had a number of people come to me with concerns regarding the original proposals, which I was more than happy to relay to the Minister, both in person and in a recent parliamentary debate.

“I congratulate all those that have raised their concerns with me and welcome this common sense response by the Government.”

As a result of the change a rate of five per cent VAT on static caravans will be delayed until next year, while the Government has changed its definition of a “hot” pasty to allow the reversal.

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