Cut VAT to save families in Reading £33,300,000 say local Lib Dems


Reading Liberal Democrats have demanded an emergency cut to VAT to protect local families from soaring bills and the Conservatives' worsening cost of living crisis.

The Liberal Democrats are calling for the standard rate of VAT to be reduced from 20% to 17.5% for one year, a move that would save households in Reading an average of around £600 each. This would mean putting around £33,300,000 back in the pockets of 55,500 families in Reading.

The plans were set out by Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey at the party’s Spring Conference in March and have been backed by Liberal Democrat Group Leader on Reading Borough Council, Meri O'Connell

It comes amid warnings that the war in Ukraine will worsen the cost of living pressures facing households, with energy, food and fuel bills all expected to rise. Inflation is also forecast to reach 8% in April, its highest level in decades.

The Lib Dem plans would support the economy by boosting spending at local high streets. The proposals would also be expected to keep inflation down by making the prices of everyday items lower than they would have been.

The emergency change to VAT could be introduced quickly and easily by the Chancellor for one year. Reading’s Liberal Democrats have said he should have used the Spring Statement on March 23 to bring forward the change as well as scrapping the Conservative’s National Insurance tax hike, to bring much-needed respite to local families.

Liberal Democrat Meri O'Connell said:

“The Conservative cost of living crisis is hitting families hard and it is about to get worse. People across our community are worried about how to make ends meet as bills go through the roof.

“An emergency cut to VAT would offer a massive boost to people in Reading feeling the pinch by putting £33,300,000 back into their pockets. It would also support our treasured shops, cafes and restaurants by boosting spending on the high street.

“This is crunch time for the Chancellor and the Conservatives. Will they act or just inflict more financial pain on families by clobbering them with another unfair tax hike?”

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said:

“This is a once-in-a-generation crisis, and the government must step up to help struggling households and businesses on the brink. 

“Instead of clobbering struggling families with a tax hike, the Chancellor should be putting money back into their pockets.”


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