EAST YORKS: Trade body the National Caravan Council says the Government's imposition of 5 per cent VAT on static caravans will create a small amount of revenue but cause significant issues for the industry.
About 2,500 businesses will be hit by the controversial caravan tax – with East Yorkshire's manufacturing firms likely to bear the brunt of the impact.
The Treasury revealed on Thursday the businesses and 50,000 individuals and households purchasing caravans will be affected by plans to impose the VAT next April.
John Lally, director general of the National Caravan Council, said: "The announcement is as expected and while 5 per cent is more manageable by the industry than the original 20 per cent proposed in the March Budget, we still maintain that there is no anomaly and therefore question the rationale for introducing VAT at any level on the sale of caravan holiday homes.
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"The predicted revenue from the imposition is minimal given the considerable impact it will have on manufacturers, retailers and parks who depend on the still fragile industry for their livelihoods."
BEVERLEY: Police are appealing for information after a car was broken into and a blazer, an ID card and a carrier bag stolen.
The black Hyundai was parked in Waterside Road, Beverley, between 8pm on Tuesday, June 26, and 6.40am on Wednesday, June 27, when the thief struck.
The dark blue blazer has cream piping and would be easily identifiable.
Witnesses should call police on 101, quoting crime reference 1914590.