Personal Care Services: VAT

Treasury written question – answered on 16th February 2021.

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Photo of Alan Campbell Alan Campbell Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Commons)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will introduce a 5 per cent reduction in VAT for the hair and beauty industry in the forthcoming spending review.

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

The temporary reduced rate of VAT was introduced on 15 July to support the cash flow and viability of over 150,000 businesses and protect 2.4 million jobs in the hospitality and tourism sectors, and will run until 31 March 2021.

This policy will cost over £2 billion. The Government keeps all taxes under review, and any future decisions on tax policy will be made at Budget.

The Government has announced a significant support package to help businesses from a whole range of sectors through the winter months, which includes an extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, an extension of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme grant, and an extension of the application window for the Government-backed loan schemes.

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