Sign official petition to cut VAT to 5%

By Becky Paskin

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BigHospitality fully supports the PMA's campaign to reduce VAT - do you?
BigHospitality fully supports the PMA's campaign to reduce VAT - do you?
An official petition has been lodged with the Government calling for a reduction in VAT to 5 per cent for the hospitality industry.

Launched by BigHospitality’s sister publication The Publican’s Morning Advertiser (PMA), the petition​ calls on the Government to bring the rate of VAT the British hospitality industry pays in line with its European counterparts.

If the petition reaches 100,000 signatures, it will be debated in the House of Commons.

Twenty-one countries in the European Union have a lower VAT rate for the hotel sector, while 13 have a lower rate for the entire hospitality sector.

French restaurants, pubs and hotels saw VAT cut from 19.65 per cent to 5 per cent, leading to the creation of 21,700 jobs in its first year. This summer the Irish Government also slashed VAT​ for the sector from 13.5 per cent to 9 per cent.

It is thought a cut in VAT for the British hospitality industry would help create 320,000 jobs during the post-Olympic years.

The petition is part of the PMA’s Thrive on Five campaign, which is encouraging operators to arrange meetings with their local MPs to discuss a reduction in VAT.

Please sign the petition and pass it on to others via email, Facebook, Twitter, Linked-in and any other ways possible.

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Colleges pay vat

Posted by Peter Whiffen,

As a chef lecturer in a college we train students and sell the produce in our restaurant and coffee shop. We have to charge VAT but are unable to claim vat back.

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vat cut

Posted by elio grossi,

i entirely agree we are just unpaid tax collectors,as a restaurant owner i am at the point where could loose my business anytime,jobs losses for my staff,not many left now as we have to do most of the work ourselfs,the more business closes the less revenue for the goverment in the end if this goes on they will probably loose more revenue,would be nice if only could pay vat after wages !ahhh....ahhh have alway been thinking that way,time we got paid for wat we do,never mind the hours we have to put in and at risk of our health also,do they care,certainelly not,lets get toghether on this and do really something about it,they cant close all of us down,lets get on and say NO.NO MORE TYRANNY,WAHE UP AND SMELL THE COFFE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Osborne Needs Reaility Check

Posted by Steve D,

The likes of George Osborne and David Cameron need some experience in the real world. The hospitality sector is struggling with higher overheads and food costs. Jobs are being affected and owners are having to work much longer hours. I now work 80 hours per week in my restaurant and it realy bites when £2 in every £12 I turnover has to got to Osbornes VAT. Osborne noe nets more out of my business than I do. I feel like im working for the state rather than working for myself.

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