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Tampons Are Not a Luxury, Period

Megan Macqueen | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Megan Macqueen

Collectively, it seems periods are pretty pricey. With this in mind, would you believe me if I told you that tampons and sanitary towels are deemed not essential enough to be tax free? Admittedly they are taxed at a reduced rate of 5% but this still means they are thought of as luxury items, which all sane females would agree they are certainly not.

Osborne Urged To Tax Books, Food And Children's Clothes

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Politics

George Osborne has been urged to slap VAT on the likes of books, children's clothes and a range of food in a recommendation by the International Monet...

Labour Poster Attacks VAT Rise On Food, But You Don't Pay VAT On Food

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Politics

The Labour Party's latest election campaign poster has been widely mocked for not making any sense. The advert, which is being driven around by van...

Welcome to Inequality Street

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

Britain prides itself on its sense of justice, on fair play and sticking up for the underdog. So what's gone wrong? Increasingly, as we look around, we find we're living on Inequality Street. Take, for example, the 2010 austerity programme. In theory the cuts didn't have to target the poorest, but in reality they have. This week The Centre for Welfare Reform published a new report, Counting the Cuts, which measures, not just how large the cuts have been, but also how fair they are, and who is being targeted. The results are shocking.

Why Things Can Only Get Worse in 2014

Hugh Salmon | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

The dawn of a New Year is a looking forward to what is to come and for reflection, a time for taking stock. There are two things we know will happen during 2014...

Ned Simons

Impose VAT On Children's Clothes And Food, Says Conservative MP

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics

Conservative MPs have called on George Osborne to lower VAT to 15% from its current rate of 20%. However the backbenchers from the Free Enterprise Gro...

Half Of All Government Departments Should Be Shut, Say Tory MPs

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics

Tory MPs have suggested killing off Whitehall departments, lowering the benefit cap and imposing VAT on children's clothes and food in order to pay do...

'Computers Are Against Our Religion'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK

A devoutly religious pair of beekeepers have won the right not to file an online tax return - because it goes against their beliefs. Seventh Day Ad...

Should Estate Agent Fees, and Indeed All Fees, for Professional Services Include VAT?

Adam Day | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK
Adam Day

I hate VAT. I hate it as both a business owner and a consumer. But I hate it even more when it's not 'wrapped up' within the price of the product or service that I am purchasing, as a consumer. So why do professional services, that are selling to the consumer, quote fees that are 'exclusive', or 'plus VAT'? It has never made sense to me.

Labour Are 'Pulling The Wool' Over Tax Changes

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Politics

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has attacked Labour for trying to "pull the wool over people's eyes" about sweeping tax changes that came into effect...

Fraudsters Faked Hollywood Blockbuster Starring Andrea McLean In Tax Scam

PA | Posted 13.03.2013 | UK

Fraudsters who pretended to be behind a Hollywood blockbuster were forced to hastily make a film called A Landscape Of Lies on a shoestring budget in ...

Minimum Wage Rises As Unions Warn That Workers Will Actually Be Worse Off

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Politics

A rise in the minimum wage has come into effect, leading to a bigger pay packet for some workers, but the low-paid will actually be worse off, accordi...

A Taxing Idea for the People

Hugh Salmon | Posted 20.11.2012 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

'Ideas don't make you rich. The correct execution of ideas does'. So said Felix Dennis in his book 'How To Get Rich'. He's worth over £500 million, so I think we can believe him.

'Does VAT Apply To Humble Pie?'

Posted 29.05.2012 | UK Politics

"Does VAT apply to humble pie?," ministers were asked this afternoon after George Osborne performed a surprise U-turn on plans to increase tax on hot ...

Greggs Boss Ready For Pasty Tax Showdown

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.05.2012 | UK Politics

The chief executive of bakery chain Greggs stepped up his fight against the "completely confusing" pasty tax on Wednesday ahead of a meeting with the ...

Stirring Up a VAT of Trouble: An Analysis of the Pasty Tax

Lindsey Suddaby | Posted 01.07.2012 | UK Politics
Lindsey Suddaby

Let's not forget the humble pasty started life as a portable lunch for ordinary working fishermen and tin miners. Ken McMeikan, CEO of Greggs, summed it up well when he said: "people simply can not afford to pay 20% more for everyday food."

'Pasty Tax Has Created Quagmire Of Confusion, Says MP

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.06.2012 | UK Politics

The Government's plan to introduce a "pasty tax" has created "a quagmire of confusion and worry" for businesses, according to a Conservative MP who si...

Hot Cross Bun Fight After Pasty Tax Threatens To Cash In On Easter

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 06.04.2012 | UK

Hot cross buns could prove a costly Easter treat under the government's proposed VAT plans, with the bun the latest British snack to feel the heat ove...

Save the Pasty, Tax the Gourmands

Lucy Robinson | Posted 29.05.2012 | UK Comedy
Lucy Robinson

Many people are complaining that your hot baked goods tax is just another way of taking a swipe at the working classes, who apparently eat nothing but Greggs's produce. It's alleged that you've failed yet again to tax silly middle class fripperies and have chosen to fire your budgetary bullets at foods so common that you can't even remember eating them.

Bakegate Trend Threatens To Leave Osborne With Pie On His Face

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 28.03.2012 | UK Politics

George Gideon Oliver Osborne is no doubt roux-ing the day he proposed VAT changes on hot food. Pasty-lovers are rising to the challenge, championing t...

TWITTER SLIDESHOW: Greggs Boss Attacks Osborne Over Pasty Tax As Chancellor Ridiculed On Twitter

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.03.2012 | UK Politics

The boss of Greggs has accused George Osborne of having "lost touch" after the Chancellor admitted he could not remember the last time he bought a pas...

Greggs Boss To Fight Pasty VAT As £30m Is Wiped Off Bakers' Share Price

PA | Posted 24.05.2012 | UK Politics

The boss of leading bakers Greggs has announced it will fight Budget proposals that will see sausage rolls and pasties hit with VAT. Chancellor Geo...

Osborne, Why Has My Cheese Pasty Gone Up 30p?

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 23.03.2012 | UK Politics

A campaign has been launched to oppose a proposed "pasty tax" which could see the cost of Cornwall's favourite food rise by 20%. In the Budget anno...

The Budget Was a Lost Opportunity for Housing and the Economy

David Orr | Posted 21.05.2012 | UK Politics
David Orr

For those of us involved in housing, the growth agenda is what matters. We understand how important growth is for the economy and how essential it is that we create new jobs, not least because so many housing associations are exploring ways of assisting their residents to get into work.

Poorer Drivers 'Suffering' At The Pump, Claims AA

PA | Posted 16.03.2012 | UK

Recent rises in petrol prices at the pumps will wipe out any savings drivers could have expected from warmer-weather motoring, the AA claims. Alrea...