LOCAL OPPOSITION to the Government’s plans to impose VAT on static caravans was demonstrated in Parliament last week and on the streets of South East Holderness over the weekend.
Local MP Graham Stuart led a special debate in the House of Commons on Thursday 26th April and gave comments from his constituents who worked at Willerby Holiday Homes on Hedon Road. Even without an increase in VAT, Willerby Holiday Home’s workforce has been on a three and a half day week for over six months. Graham Stuart said: “The debate was another step in the cross-party campaign to ensure that the caravan tax does not go ahead… Ministers were left in no doubt how widespread is the concern on the Government benches on this issue.”
You can review the short debate in Parliament via the TheyWorkForYou.Com site at Static Caravans.
Campaigners from the Labour Party also took a petition against the caravan tax direct to the public on Saturday 28th April. Beverley and Holderness Labour Party Chair, George McManus said that queues formed outside Lidl in Withernsea as hundreds of people signed the petition: “We were overwhelmed, although not surprised about the strength of feeling. People realise this could cost East Yorkshire thousands of jobs.”
John Prescott was in Withernsea to support Labour’s Election 2012 campaign. He and South East Holderness Labour candidate Jed Lee used the opportunity to highlight opposition to the Government’s ‘Pasty Tax’ as well (pictured outside the Coopland’s store in Withernsea).
A petition has been launched on the Government’s e-petition website which calls for the VAT hike on the sale of static caravans to be dropped. If the petition attracts over 100,000 signatures then a further debate could be prompted in parliament. The petition also allows people to express their opposition and see how many others feel the same.
Note: There are three candidates standing in the South East Holderness Ward by-election:
- Mr Kevan Hough of Withernsea – The Conservative Party Candidate
- Mr Jed Lee of Keyingham – Labour Party Candidate
- Mr John Windas of Withernsea – Independent