Ban caravan tax petition

DEARNE MP John Healey was among 27 MPs to present a petition to Parliament calling for a stop to the “caravan tax.”

In this year’s Budget the Government announced plans to apply VAT to static caravans from October 1 and the idea was passed in the Finance Bill, which Mr Healey voted against last month.

Speaking in the Commons, the MP said: “I have a petition signed by Scott Staniforth of 45 Vicar Road, Wath, and others from my constituency. They see that the tax on static caravans could add £8,000 to the price of a caravan, price families out of their holiday and thwart many people’s ambition to own a second home.”

The petition, signed by 24 people from Wath, Swinton, Goldthorpe, Kilnhurst and Rawmarsh, asked the Government to reverse its decision, stating: “The petitioners believe that levying VAT on static holiday caravans would cost thousands of jobs in caravan manufacturing, from their suppliers, and in the wider UK holiday industry.”