Clause 66 — VAT: refunds to certain charities

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 2:47 pm on 25th March 2015.

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Photo of Ian Lucas Ian Lucas Shadow Minister (Defence) 2:47 pm, 25th March 2015

I am sure that we all welcome the clauses relating to VAT relief for hospices, which do such a tremendous job. Can the Financial Secretary help me by explaining how charities are selected and how VAT exemptions are secured? I have previously raised the case of a charity dealing with disabled people in Wrexham that provides transport services, which are subject to VAT under the current arrangements. The process of securing exemptions seems easier for ski lifts, for example, than for disabled people in my constituency, so I would be interested to find out how on earth one secures exemptions for worthy charities.