Mablethorpe bakers rise up to fight Government’s new ‘pasty tax’

Gill Smith of Cooplands in Mablethorpe with the petition.
Gill Smith of Cooplands in Mablethorpe with the petition.

MABLETHORPE bakers are supporting calls to scrap the new ‘pasty tax’ VAT on pasties and pies.

The town’s three bakeries are promoting a petition organised by the National Association of Master Bakers and trade magazine British Baker against the Budget’s new 20 per cent VAT on hot, baked products.

Each is displaying posters and has petition copies for customers to sign.

Kevin Goodliffe, co-director at Gray and Goodliffe in the High Street, said the Government ‘hadn’t thought through’ the decision.

“This will affect everybody, it’s just another tax on a basic foodstuff,” he said.

“It hasn’t been thought through and it’s up to the Government whether they see that they won’t get the £350 million revenue out of this that they thought.”

Kevin said he thought bakers might look for ‘loopholes’ like serving pasties cold and warming them up.

A staff member at Cooplands, also in the High Street, said: “We have the petitions on show as we don’t think this will do anyone any good.”

Greggs are also taking part in the petition, but were unable to comment at the time of going to press.

The National Association of Bakers said: “The Chancellor, George Osborne, has angered craft bakers across the country who fear for the resulting loss of sales and the effects on their businesses.”

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