Labour in call for 999 VAT re­fund

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - News -

Labour has called for Scot­land’s emer­gency ser­vices to be given a £140 mil­lion shot in the arm in the UK Bud­get.

Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive MPs are pres­sur­ing Chan­cel­lor Philip Ham­mond to axe the £35 mil­lion an­nual VAT bill for Po­lice Scot­land and the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice.

But shadow Scot­tish Sec­re­tary Les­ley Laird wants the Trea­sury to go fur­ther and re­fund the cash that has been taken into the UK Gov­ern­ment’s cof­fers since the mergers took place in 2013.

She said: “Po­lice and fire ser­vices across the UK ben­e­fit from a VAT ex­emp­tion. Scot­land’s do not. It’s time the Tories ended this inequity.”

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