Tuesday, 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.


Cllr Andrew Wallis said...

I welcome this motion apart from one part. That is your claim the pasty is a 'healthy food'

I think that is misleading, and not correct. As a medium pasty will contain around 489 calories, 32g are fat. They are high in saturated fat and trans fats, which are the two worst types for your heart. A large pasty can contain over 800 calories.

Considering the recommended daily intake is 2000 calories.

However, they are still very tasty and the rest of the motion is good.

Alex Folkes said...

Pasties are healthy in that they contain natural ingredients and not overly processed muck as you might find in many lunchtime foods. No one would claim that it would be healthy to eat three a day, every day!

Jemma T said...

Pasties are not processed, as many other 'fast foods' can be. Nobody ever said that eating a large portion of anything is good for you, and as Alex has said nobody would eat them 3 times a day, 7 days a week. Anything in excess is unhealthy, including apples. Pasties CAN be a part of a healthy BALANCED diet. As can deep fried chips, which incidently are not taxed to this extreme. The point still stands that increasing the price of any product by 20%, on top of the VAT paid on the products, the Income tax paid by manufacturers (which may I add is NOT paid by many wealthy Brits, and whose income tax alone could clear the national debt) is going to cause a decline in the sales of such products. Please Cllr Wallis, explain to me how this is in anyway good for the economy for Cornwall, or any other county in the country? Take the good things away from the hard working 99% and it will bite you in the arse.

Pasty Boy said...

Kernow King ate pasties 3 times a day , 7 days a week, and look what happened to him !