12 Apr Cornish MPs fight the Pasty Tax
Budget 2012: MPs promise to fight ‘pasty tax’
The plight of the humble pasty has
been raised in the House of Commons after the chancellor announced plans to slap
VAT on the snack.
Mid Cornwall MP Stephen Gilbert said the pasty was “a staple, hearty meal”
which brought millions of pounds into his county and must be protected.
His colleague Andrew George said those in Cornwall would “be fighting them on
the beaches” to block any “pasty tax”.
Ministers say all food sold “above ambient temperature” should carry VAT.
VAT, currently at 20%, is not charged on most food and drink – such are
described as zero-rated.
It is payable on takeaway food sold to be eaten hot, but baked goods which
are put on display warm and subsequently cool down are also zero-rated.
The government says some retailers and bakeries have argued their food is
sold hot to improve its appearance, or to comply with health and safety
regulations – not for consumption that way – and therefore should not attract VAT.
Source: BBC News 23 March 2012