A PETITION against introducing a tax on static caravan purchases which could irreparably damage the region’s tourism sector has taken off across the country.
Chancellor George Osbourne announced as part of his budget that a 20 percent levy will be placed on the vans from 1 October this year, threatening the tourism industry across the country.
Now MPs and locals all around Britain are set to present the government with a petition showing thousands of objections against the plans - including local holiday park owners the Swalwell Group who set off the campaign in Galloway by signwriting a static caravan adjacent to the A75 at Auchenlarie Hoilday park. The walls of the caravan state ‘No VAT on static caravans. Save local businesses’. And now the group plan to take the caravan to the House of Commons on 20 June to get their message across.
MP Russell Brown said this week: The response to the petition has been fantastic and shows how worried local people are about this tourism tax. Within the first week we’ve already had well over one hundred signatures and the petitions are still being distributed among local businesses and holiday parks. The momentum for the campaign is really growing and I hope that by keeping the pressure on the Government we can convince them to drop these damaging plans. I would encourage as many people as possible to sign it at www.russellbrownmp.com/NoTourismTax.”