Business: Coronavirus

Treasury written question – answered on 13th October 2020.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to Question 97003 on Business: Coronavirus, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the extended VAT reduction on businesses which are legally prevented from re-opening during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to Question 97003 on Business: Coronavirus, what estimate he has made of the additional money businesses which are legally prevented from trading as a result of covid-19 legislation will receive from the extension to VAT reduction.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

To support the cash flow and viability of over 150,000 businesses and to protect 2.4 million jobs, the Government has applied a temporary reduced rate of VAT (5 per cent) to goods and services supplied by the tourism and hospitality sectors. This relief came into effect on 15 July 2020 and will end on 31 March 2021. This relief is estimated to be worth over £3 billion to the tourism and hospitality sectors.

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