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HM Treasury extends tax cut to PPE costs

July 14, 2020, 9:21:51 AM

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Posted on: 3 July 2020

HM Treasury extends tax cut to PPE costs

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The decision - which will make it easier and cheaper for care homes, charities and businesses to acquire the vital kit - comes after a temporary zero-rate of VAT was applied to PPE sales for an initial three months from 1 May 2020 to 31 July 2020.

Due to the extension, the zero-rate will apply for six months in total with consumers including care homes, home care providers and businesses estimated to save an additional £155 million.

Ministers had previously removed import duties from PPE and medical supplies intended to assist with the response to the coronavirus pandemic in April 2020 to ensure more essential equipment can get to the front line quicker.

EU law governing VAT – which the UK is bound to until the end of the transitional period – requires the UK to charge VAT on the equipment.

But the government has acted under an exceptional basis allowed by EU rules during health emergencies. The European Commission recently indicated support for member states to introduce temporary VAT reliefs to mitigate the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The move will particularly benefit care providers, who are often unable to reclaim the 20% VAT they incur on their purchases.

Funding has been provided to DHSC to support the centralised procurement and supply of PPE, including supply to the NHS and care providers.

It has already acted to speed up PPE supply, harnessing the power of UK industry, scouring the world for new stocks, and creating a new distribution network to send PPE to frontline staff around the country.

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Reunite Warwickshire communities with a new footbridge

August 13, 2020, 2:02:30 PM

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Posted on: 24 July 2020

Reunite Warwickshire communities with a new footbridge

Bridge lift. The 128 tonnes, the 35.4-metre concrete bridge being safely removed in April.

Two Warwickshire communities will soon be reunited thanks to a new footbridge over the busy A46 near Coventry.

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Funds for Grassroots Music venues

August 13, 2020, 10:49:37 AM

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Posted on: 25 July 2020

Funds for Grassroots Music venues

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The first portion fund of £1.57 billion culture recovery package will go towards saving music venues from insolvency.

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NHS nurse in England increase with 13,502 more than 2019

August 13, 2020, 9:35:59 AM

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Posted on: 23 July 2020

NHS nurse in England increase with 13,502 more than 2019

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The number of doctors in the NHS has also risen by 7,890, figures to the end of April 2020 show.

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Restaurateurs disqualified for abusing the tax regime

August 12, 2020, 8:13:51 PM

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Posted on: 23 July 2020

Restaurateurs disqualified for abusing the tax regime

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Two restaurateurs disqualified from managing companies after they caused their companies to abuse the tax regime.

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