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Statement: possible job losses in Hull caravan industry

There are claims that around 350 jobs may be at risk at Willerby Holiday Homes, one of the region's biggest caravan manufacturers.

The company has issued this statement:

Following the Government's announcement to impose VAT on the sale of new static caravans / holiday homes...the Management of Willerby Holiday Homes had to regrettably announce notice of potential redundancies to its employees.....As yet the scale of any structural changes are not certain.....Willerby Holiday Homes will do all in its power to minimise the negative impacts of any changes to its employees and broader stakeholders.

– Willerby Holiday Homes

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MP speaks out over proposed caravan VAT

There are claims that around 350 jobs may be at risk at Willerby Holiday Homes, one of the region's biggest caravan manufacturers.

Willerby is understood to have told local MPs that the move is "purely precautionary", "not definite" and will give the company "flexibility".

This follows the Chancellor's proposal to levy 20% VAT on static caravans from October.

Karl Turner, Labour MP for Hull East, has reacted to the possible redundancies.

Hundreds of caravan workers "face redundancy."

There are claims that around 350 jobs may be at risk at one of the region's biggest caravan manufacturers. It is understood that Willerby Holiday Homes, in Hull, has sent a form to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, giving notice that 350 people are at risk of redundancy.

Willerby is understood to have told local MPs that the move is "purely precautionary", "not definite" and will give the company "flexibility". It is believed the move is a response to the Chancellor's proposal to levy 20% VAT on static caravans from October.

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Fears for caravan jobs

Up to seven thousand jobs could go - the majority of them in our region - if the caravan tax is approved. That's according to the National Caravan Council who issued the statistics over the weekend.

They say the previous prediction of three thousand job cuts only took in to account caravan manufacturers and their supply chain. They now estimate a further four thousand jobs will be lost at holiday parks across the country, as they struggled to cope with VAT on static caravans.

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