Tax payers in Somerset could be saved hundreds of thousands of pounds a year after the government gave assurances on how much VAT district councils can reclaim from the taxman.
The tax success could mean similar savings for councils in waste partnerships across the country.
The government will be asked today to withdraw its controversial plans for a so-called pasty tax. Plans to extend VAT to all cooked takeaways led to protests organised by the Cornish Pasty Association.
Today Cornish MP Stephen Gilbert will propose that it should NOT apply to food that's been allowed to cool before sale.
Retailers say proposals to put VAT on the sale of static caravans will be disastrous to the region's tourism industry. The Government's own calculations suggest that demand will fall by thirty per cent.
Holiday park owners say customers won't buy at the increased price and that will have a knock on effect on the wider economy. Our business correspondent Seth Conway reports.
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From Bristol reporter Cordelia Lynch:
Peter Lord, co-founder of Aardman Animations welcomes Chancellor's support in Budget. Tells me industry needs needs tax breaks to compete.