Concerns about government proposals to remove VAT exemption for static holiday caravans has led to a meeting between North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb and David Gauke MP, exchequer secretary to the Treasury.

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Mr Lamb said tourist spending underpinned 8,500 jobs in north Norfolk and contributed an estimated £391m to the local economy. A significant number of those visiting the area stayed in holiday homes.

Mr Lamb said he had received a lot of letters and emails from constituents expressing their opinions on the proposals.

After the meeting, on May 16, he said: “We need to make sure that proper measures are in place to protect the tourist industry from any changes that are made. The talks were very constructive. He listened carefully to the concerns expressed.”

In a recent House of Commons debate, Mr Gauke emphasised that: “Removing the zero rate of VAT from static holiday caravans is one of a series of VAT measures announced in the Budget that are designed to make the VAT system fairer to all traders and easier to administer and comply with. It will help to create a level playing field by ensuring that all holiday caravans are taxed in line with the sale of other forms of holiday accommodation.

“We understand the strength of feeling on this matter and genuinely want to listen to the concerns.”

9 comments

  • When it comes to the vote in the House of Commons which way will Norman Lamb and the other Coalition MPs vote? It's actions not words that matter when it comes to a test of "differentiation".

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Not Looking Good Norman? Then there was the university fees breach of promise. you think we have all forgot? Not a hope despite your publicity machine spin

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    Farquarson-Smythe

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Norman Lamb and other MPs could always add their signature to the following Early Day Motion 3010 Early day motion 3010 STATIC CARAVANS (VALUE ADDED TAX) Session: 2010-12 Date tabled: 25.04.2012 Primary sponsor: Ritchie, Margaret Sponsors: Bottomley, Peter Clark, Katy Edwards, Jonathan Hopkins, Kelvin McDonnell, John That this House notes with concern the Government's proposals to make static caravans subject to the standard rate of VAT; recognises that the caravan industry has already been severely hit by the recession, suffering more than 1,500 jobs losses in 2008, and that this measure will put further pressure on the industry; further notes the impact that this measure could have on caravan parks and their surrounding businesses; commends the vital role played by caravanning in the tourism industry notably in rural and coastal communities; and calls on the Government to reconsider this measure.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • clearly Jono and Callum are two young lads with long term memory issues, did they know that the socialist, sorry, labour party “governed” (used loosely) between 1997 and 2010, with a few little things like illegal wars, 10p top up, tuition fee introduction, northern rock fiasco, given bankers the means to rip off joe public and Mr Darling stating in march 2010 “we will cut deeper than thatcher”. Stop thinking you have the moral high ground, most people have better memories than you two whipper snappers. Now go blog something Red Ed drones

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Norm voted for this in the House of Commons. Something not mentioned in this article. Is this the same as his concerns about the NHS bill he continued to vote for?

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    Jono

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • Oh, but you voted for the increase in VAT despite fighting an election campaign opposing said increase. . . . I guess you suspect we have all forgotten about that . .

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    Callum Ringer

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • What next, concern about the tax cut for the rich?

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    Jono

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

  • or even better as it already has 72 cross-party signatories: Early Day Motion 31 VAT ON STATIC HOLIDAY CARAVANS Session: 2012-13 Date tabled: 09.05.2012 Primary sponsor: Stuart, Graham Sponsors: Davis, David Knight, Greg Percy, Andrew Reid, Alan Rogerson, Dan That this House recognises that static caravans and their associated industries make a significant contribution to the UK economy; notes that more than three million trips were made in owned caravans in 2010, contributing 334 million to UK tourism particularly in rural and coastal areas; further notes that UK static caravan manufacturers make more than 95 per cent of those sold in the UK and that more than 7,000 people work directly for manufacturers and suppliers in addition to 26,500 employed directly by holiday parks; believes that the sale of static caravans is an important element in the survival of holiday parks; further notes with concern that the Government estimates the imposition of VAT on static holiday caravans will reduce demand by 30 per cent; is concerned that such a tax would have a devastating effect on jobs, UK tourism, investment and growth; and therefore calls on the Government to reject plans for a static holiday caravan VAT change.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, May 18, 2012

  • Peter Griffin, I certainly have no long term memory issue, and while I am not going to sit and defend illegal wars, tuition fees etc, (I was in the Lib Dems back then and am opposed to them now) I would suggest that you may have an issue with selective memory. Though you seem perfectly capable of pointing out Labour mistakes, you seem to have forgotten their considerable achievements, The minimum wage, The shortest waiting times in NHS history, investment in Education (EMA, Surestart etc) and many more things which I wont reel off here.... I'm happy to defend my position on the moral high ground here though. It is wrong that an MP goes to London and votes for something, and then a month later comes to his constituents and starts pretending to oppose it. He must take his constituents for fools.

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    Callum Ringer

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

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