Lord Beith

Former MP

Liberal Democrat

VAT Rate

There have been votes in Parliament on the rate at which Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged.

Photo: HM Treasury

Lord Beith almost always voted for increasing the rate of VAT

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

All votes about increasing the rate of VAT:

  • On 17 Dec 2008: Lord Beith voted yes on Reduction of VAT from 17.5% to 15% Show vote
  • On 28 Jun 2010: Lord Beith voted to raise VAT to 20% from the 4th of January 2011. Show vote
  • On 6 Jul 2010: Lord Beith voted to support the 2010 Finance Bill which included an increase in VAT from 17.5% to 20% among other measures. Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2010: Lord Beith voted to increase Value Added Tax from 17.5% to 20% as of the 4th of January 2011. Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2010: Lord Beith voted against exempting charities' charitable activities from the January 2011 increase in VAT from 17.5% to 20%. Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2010: Lord Beith voted against delaying the increase in VAT from 17.5% to 20% by a year from 4 January 2011 to the 4 January 2012 if a report on the effects of the VAT rise had not been completed. Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2010: Lord Beith voted to increase in Value Added Tax from 17.5% to 20% from the 4th of January 2011. Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2010: Lord Beith voted to support the 2010 Finance Bill which included an increase in VAT from 17.5% to 20% among other measures. Show vote
  • On 22 Jun 2011: Lord Beith was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — The Economy Show vote
  • On 28 Jun 2011: Lord Beith voted not to decrease the main rate of VAT by 2.5% to 17.5% for one year as of the 30th of August 2011. Show vote
  • On 12 Oct 2011: Lord Beith voted against creating more jobs for young people, funded by bank bonuses, making planned investment sooner, reducing VAT and a tax break for small firms taking on extra workers. Show vote
  • On 9 Nov 2011: Lord Beith was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Bankers Bonuses — Jobs Guarantee — Reducing VAT — Tax Incentive for Small Firms to Take on Extra Workers Show vote
  • On 23 Nov 2011: Lord Beith voted against starting long-term investment projects sooner, against reducing VAT on home improvements and repairs, and against giving a tax break to small companies employing new workers. Show vote
  • On 14 Dec 2011: Lord Beith voted against creating 100,000 jobs and building 25,000 homes using funds raised via a bank bonus tax, against reducing VAT on home improvements and against tax breaks for small firms taking on new workers. Show vote
  • On 11 Jan 2012: Lord Beith voted against a series of measures aimed at making energy bills more affordable, including extending benefits, reforming the energy market, reducing VAT on home improvements and reforming the Green Deal scheme. Show vote
  • On 16 May 2012: Lord Beith voted against reducing public transport fares, and against reducing VAT on fuel to help motorists and boost the economy. Show vote
  • On 17 May 2012: Lord Beith voted against measures to stimulate economic growth and job creation; against a tax on bank bonuses to fund guaranteed jobs for young people out of work for over a year; against reducing VAT; against a tax break for small firms taking on extra workers and against making infrastructure investment sooner. Show vote
  • On 17 May 2012: Lord Beith voted against creating jobs; a tax on bank bonuses to fund guaranteed jobs for young people out of work for a year; a VAT cut; a tax break for small firms taking on more workers and making infrastructure investment sooner. Show vote
  • On 3 Jul 2012: Lord Beith voted against cutting VAT from 20% to 17.5% Show vote
  • On 5 Sep 2012: Lord Beith voted against introducing a tax on bankers' bonuses to fund 25,000 additional affordable homes, against making planned investment sooner, against reducing VAT on home improvements and against calling on the Government to create jobs. Show vote
  • On 5 Sep 2012: Lord Beith voted to levy a tax on bankers' bonuses to fund 25,000 affordable homes, to invest in infrastructure, to cut VAT on works on homes. Show vote
  • On 18 Apr 2013: Lord Beith voted against reducing VAT from 20% to 17.5% Show vote

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