Selasa, 17 April 2012

Pasty Tax campaign to go to Council

Together with Lib Dem colleagues, I have submitted a motion on the proposed pasty tax to go to the next Cornwall Council meeting on May 15th. The aim is to get formal council support for the campaign and to write to the Chancellor urging him to reconsider the move which will cost local jobs.

The full text of the motion reads:

  • Cornwall Council notes the announcement by George Osborne in his recent budget of plans to impose VAT at 20% on the sale of pasties sold hot from the oven as well as other savoury snacks.
  • Cornwall Council notes that the pasty industry is a successful part of Cornwall's manufacturing sector worth around £150m to the Cornish economy and employing thousands of people both directly and indirectly in Cornwall.
  • Cornwall Council further notes that a traditional Cornish pasty is a wholesome and healthy food made with high quality ingredients and is eaten every day by hundreds of thousands of people.
  • Cornwall Council welcomes the efforts being made by the Cornish Pasty Association together with accountants, business experts, local MPs and others to join together to fight the pasty tax.
  • Cornwall Council shares the concerns of pasty manufacturers that the imposition of 20% VAT on the sale of pasties will lead to a fall of around 15-20% on sales and consequent job losses in Cornwall.
  • Cornwall Council therefore resolves to ask the Leader of the Council, in consultation with the Director of Resources, to write to the Chancellor setting out this council's opposition to the pasty tax and calling on the Government to abandon the proposal.

And in today's Western Morning News, the paper highlights the potential backlash on Nick Clegg if the government presses ahead with the pasty tax.

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