Polegate’s MP has written to the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, asking that during negotiations, he looks closely at future VAT directives.
In particular, Maria Caulfield wished to highlight the concerns expressed to her by local organisations within the constituency, including voluntary village hall committees. During recent visits, organisers had expressed their dismay at having to pay tens of thousands of pounds in irrecoverable VAT to the Government, further to raising hundreds of thousands of pounds towards community projects, which would in many cases take over responsibility for areas previously funded by the tax payer.
Maria said, “I have taken up this issue before with ministers and was told that due to EU legislation we, as a country, were unable to zero rate VAT for village halls. Now we are negotiating our exit it gives us an excellent opportunity to right this wrong. Local organisations, like those running community events, raising money for charities and acting as caretakers for some of our most precious local buildings are crucial both to our communities and ultimately our economy. We must allow them the freedom of raising this money without being clobbered with VAT on top.
“Such organisations having to pay VAT seems ludicrous, and I very much hope that as part of our negotiation, the Secretary of State can give this particular policy area the close attention it deserves.”