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Tax on 5-a-side football

A row over a so-called 5-a-side football tax has begun.

thousands of people play in local leagues in our region, but it is claimed that 5-a-side players could have to pay an extra £1 a match because sports centres are being hit with a 20% VAT levy.

MPs are warning the tax threatens to stop people playing sport in the very year that we're meant to be showcasing our sporting skills in the Olympics. Jon Hill has the story.


Fuel VAT debate for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

MPs from our region today called on the Government to refund all VAT paid on fuel by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Last year the charity, which relies on donations, paid almost six thousand pounds to the Government. It needs more than seven thousand pounds a day to keep the service going. During the debate, MPs said it was unfair that the Lifeboat service benefits from zero-rated VAT.

Caravan tax

A petition is going to be handed in to the House of Commons today over plans to charge VAT on static caravans. Graham Stuart MP (Beverley and Holderness) and Andrew Percy (Brigg and Goole) will take it in. They want the Government to scrap the so-called "caravan tax".


VAT on churches

The government has announced a thirty million pound fund to help churches cope with the VAT changes that were announced in the budget.

From October this year the Treasury will charge VAT at 20% on alterations to listed buildings, which are currently exempt from the tax. Wakefield Cathedral had protested against it as they worried they wouldn't have enough money to finish their refurbishments.

Seven year old Sophie, who wants to follow in her family's footsteps by getting married at the Cathedral, delivered a letter against the new tax to Downing Street on Monday. She has welcomed the announcement. We have also been speaking to the Very Reverend Jonathan Greener, the Dean of Wakefield.

VAT help "doesn't go far enough"

The Government has agreed extra money to ease concerns about VAT being added to church repairs.

It says it cannot maintain zero rated VAT for alterations, but a grant has been set up to assist with repair work.

However, the Dean of Wakefield's wife, Pamela Greener, says the £30 million extra a year does not go far enough. She wants the church to join with other heritage buildings to keep the campaign for zero rating on all Big Society buildings, not just church or other faith buildings.

The plan to charge VAT on alterations to listed buildings has brought Wakefield Cathedral's regeneration scheme into serious jeopardy.

It would be churlish not to welcome the government's increased funding following their shock budget tax raid on the nation's heritage. At Wakefield Cathedralwe are in agony with worry over this issue and volunteer groups up and down the land felt similarly let down by the budget.

Churches form an important part of the nation's heritage, but they don't have amonopoly over it. This proposal offers short term church relief en route to long termchurch uncertainty accompanied by immediate additional expense for everyone else.

– Pamela Greener, Wakefield Cathedral

Caravan tax petition considered

VAT rise could be debated in the House of Commons Credit: Calendar

Plans to apply the standard VAT rate to the sale of static caravans is a step closer to being considered for debate in Parliament. An e-petition created has received over 10,000 signatures. Under government rules any e-petition with at least 100,000 will be considered.

The petition, entitled "Drop the VAT hike on the sale of static caravans", says that if the 20% rate goes ahead "it will have a disastrous impact on the industry making hundreds of skilled workers redundant."

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