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Industry and politicians fight ‘punitive’ tax

Leading industry figures, politicians and caravan enthusiasts have reacted with dismay following the Government’s proposal to introduce VAT on holiday caravan and lodge sales in its April budget.
 
Following our report on the mooted 20 per cent levy in May’s issue, the holiday caravan community has come together to oppose the move.

MPs from the country’s biggest caravan and lodge-producing region asked concerned parties to contact their local MPs to voice their opinions on the proposals. Graham Stuart MP (Beverley and Holderness) and David Davis MP (Haltemprice and Howden), met the Chancellor on April 18th in a bid to get George Osborne to scrap the plans.
 

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In an interview with PH&HC after his showdown talks with the Chancellor, Mr Stuart said, ‘It was a good meeting and we conveyed just how damaging the imposition of this tax would be.
 
‘The Chancellor sees the VAT situation as an anomaly and believes it’s something that needs to change. We strongly believe that this is not the time to do it. If the proposals go through, it will have a huge, detrimental effect on holiday home manufacturers, parks and the rest of the supply chain. It will also have a devastating effect on jobs in the holiday caravan industry, the majority of which are in East Yorkshire.
 
‘These businesses provide a much-needed service to hard working people looking for affordable holiday options.

‘I’m working with colleagues from across the country to make to make a case to the Government that, ultimately, it’s not worth grief even if the technocrats in the Treasury are bent on closing certain loopholes.’
 
Mr Stuart has urged PH&HC readers to log onto to the HMRC website, read the consultation paper and voice their protest.  If you are opposed to the plans, please read the HMRC’s consultation document - ‘VAT: Addressing Borderline Anomalies’ - which can be viewed at www.hmrc.gov.uk. Email and written responses should be submitted to: David Roberts, HMRC VAT Projects Team, 3C/10, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ . Email:
david.roberts4@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk  by May 4th.
 
To register your opposition to the VAT proposals, call or email your local MP to get their commitment. You can find your local MP at  http://findyourmp.parliament.uk and encourage them to make contact directly with Mr Stuart at: graham@grahamstuart.com