AN MP has criticised the Government over plans for VAT on static caravans.
Roberta Blackman-Woods, MP for Durham City, is campaigning against the change, including co-sponsoring a motion and setting up a petition.
She said: “The possible imposition of a 20 per cent tax has caused great concern in the caravan industry, not least in the Durham City constituency.”
Dr Blackman-Woods said the move could lead to 4,340 job losses in the caravan industry.
She said: “Many of these jobs are in areas, such as Durham, which are already suffering very high unemployment following the Coalition’s cuts. Despite this Mr Cameron has defended the move as a ‘fair drawing’ of VAT boundaries.”
In a House of Commons debate on the issue, she said: “The Treasury must look at this issue again if jobs are not to be lost in an area that is already experiencing high levels of unemployment.”