Caravan tax fears from MP

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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.”