Burnham-On-Sea holiday parks and MP welcome caravan tax U-turn
park bosses across the Burnham-On-Sea area have welcomed the news
that the government is to downgrade its controversial plans to
start charging VAT at 20 per cent on static caravans.
comes after 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 would have led to job losses across the area.
the government is set to reduce the intended 20% charge which
was due to be levied on static caravans to 5%.
Atkinson from Burnham's Home Farm Holiday Park told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"This is much better than the 20% originally considered -
I'm very happy and welcome the news."
Michelle Ludlow from Brean's Dolphin Caravan Park said: "To
have gone ahead with the full 20% tax increase would have been
disastrous for the holiday industry and local jobs. The 5% increase
is not ideal and any tax increase is bad, but this smaller increase
will make a big difference and I'm greatly relieved."
Tessa Munt told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Monday evening: "This
does look extremely good news and I am very pleased for all the
caravan owners across the Burnham area. I congratulate them for
coming forward and backing me up in arguing against the 20% tax
increase. They put forward very strong arguments and I am delighted
U-turn from Chancellor George Osborne's Budget follows a large-scale
protest by caravanning enthusiasts. The new 5% rate on static
caravans will be delayed from October until April next year.
this month, Tessa Munt held
a meeting in Westminster where a number of local caravan park
owners 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.