Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Pasty Tax update

While I've been away, there have been some good developments in the pasty tax campaign.

First up, we're approaching 5000 members of the Facebook group.

John Ault, who registered the government e-petition, has also produced a hard copy version to download. If you support this campaign and are able to ask local shops and bakeries to display a copy of this then it can get thousands more people involved with our campaign.

My own local MP, Dan Rogerson, has also joined the campaign.

Stephen Gilbert MP has written to the Chancellor asking for a meeting with pasty manufacturers to discuss the impact on their business and on the Cornish economy of the proposal.

Stephen said:

"The pasty industry employs thousands of people in Cornwall and is worth millions of pounds to the Cornish economy. We believe that adding VAT will undermine the industry and are calling for foods that have significantly advanced Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status in Europe, such as the Cornish pasty, to be exempt from this proposal."

“These proposals could hit the pasty industry greatly. I’m determined to find a way for the Pasty to be exempt from this tax and protect the industry that brings millions to the Cornish economy and directly employs thousands of local people.”

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