Burnham-On-Sea holiday bosses take caravan tax fight to Westminster
park bosses from across the Burnham-On-Sea area have visited Westminster
to lobby ministers over controversial plans to begin charging
VAT at 20 per cent on static caravans.
comes Burnham-On-Sea.com first
reported earlier this month that park bosses had met Burnham's
MP Tessa Munt to express their concerns about the proposals, which
they claim will lead to job losses across our area.
MP Tessa Munt hosted a number of caravan park owners, a representative
from Somerset Tourism Association, caravan distributors and the
Director General of the British Holiday & Home Parks Association
to Parliament where they met with Treasury Minister David Gauke
MP to explain at first hand the impact a planned rise in VAT on
static caravans would have on Somerset's economy.
said she was concerned that the Minister had under-estimated the
impact a 20 per cent rise in VAT would have on the area and that
HM Revenue and Customs had miscalculated when drafting its proposals
discussing her concerns with George Osborne, Chancellor of the
Exchequer, she met the businesspeople affected by this policy
locally to discuss what to do next.
17-strong group joined Tessa at the Treasury, where they met the
Minister and several of his officials to explain how the rise
in VAT would damage their businesses.
Gauke explained that his extension to the Government's consultation
until 18th May is a demonstration that he is listening.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am pleased I was able to secure
this meeting with David Gauke to enable many local business people
to come to London and make their views clear."
do believe this VAT proposal should be re-thought and I have always
said that it is important for Ministers to meet and listen to
those people who will be most affected by proposed decisions."
is an integral part of Somersets economy and I look forward
to seeing the result of the Government consultation. I very much
hope the views of local people and businesses are taken into account."
added that now the extension to the consultation has been secured
it is important that as many people contribute to it as possible
so the Government knows the views of people in Somerset and elsewhere
around the country. More information on the Governments
consultation can be found here.
Top, Nigel Angrave (Surf Bay Leisure), Debbie Eccles (Retreat
Caravan Park), Nick & Hazel Gardner (The Warren Caravan Park),
Alan House (Holiday Resort Unity), Marie Hudson (Bucklegrove Caravan
Park), Ian and David James (Brean Beach Holiday Parks), Mandy
Keen (Southen Counties Leisure), Jake and Sue Lodge (Sunningcrest
Caravan Park), David and Michelle Ludlow (Dolphin Caravan Park),
Michael Paul (Michael Paul Holidays), Dave Scott (Northam Farm
Holiday Park), Clive Wilson (Swallow Point Caravan Park), Bob
Smart (Chairman of Somerset Tourism Association), Ross Pritchard
OBE (Director General of the British Holiday & Home Parks
Association Limited) and MP Tessa Munt