Thursday, 22 March 2012

Pasty tax revisited

Further to my blog last night on the dreaded pasty tax (VAT will now be applied to takeaway goods sold above ambient temperature). The man in charge of consultation (the poor bugger) is below and details of how to contact him, why not send him an email or write and explain how this will effect the Cornish pasty and take more taxes from Cornwall.

How to respond:
Postal address and email address to which written responses can be submitted.
David Roberts
VAT Projects Team
3C/10, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ
Additional ways to be involved:
HMRC is also happy to meet with and speak to other interested parties. Contact details are as above.
After the consultation:
A summary of responses will be published and the responses considered before a final version of the legislation is laid before Parliament in the summer.

Osborne's pasty tax hidden in the budget

Some hours now after people are looking into the fine details of George Osborne's budget it has been revealed that VAT will be added to hot takeaway goods. That means pasties! So if and when this legislation is introduced your £2.50 medium steak pasty will now be £3 and your £3 large steak pasty will be £3.60. So that's money out of ordinary decent Cornish folks pockets, a blow to our bakers and hardly great news for tourism. The government is undertaking a consultation and it will be the test of Cornwall's MPs if for once they put Cornwall and our national cuisine before the desires of their parties. As far as I am aware this is the nearest to Cornwall getting a specific mention in the budget, how hollow the words "MPs at the heart of the government" now sound.