Milton Keynes MP pushes for VAT relief for talking newspapers


City MP Iain Stewart secured a debate in the House of Commons last week where he pushed for VAT relief for Talking Newspaper Associations.

There are 500 talking newspapers in the UK and Isle of Man, which are mainly small charities where volunteers will read the contents of a local newspaper on to a cassette, CD or digital recording device.

These are then posted out to registered listeners who listen to the recording and then return the cassette or CD to the Talking Newspaper Association in time for them to prepare the next edition.

Mr Stewart said: “At the moment there is much confusion what is and what is not now eligible for VAT relief.

“The law currently dates back to the early 90s and obviously technology has rapidly changed since.

“While I was pleased with the clarification the Secretary to the Treasury was able to provide and the reassurance that the Government understands the importance of allowing VAT relief for social reasons, there are a number of points that I will be following up directly with the minister.”

Most towns and Cities in the UK have a talking newspaper and in Milton Keynes Sound News regularly provides cassettes and digital playback of the week’s news.

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