COMMENT: Osborne's Big Fat Gypsy Budget

March 23, 2012 4:25 PM

Writing for, Emma explains how George Osborne is now casting the net wider and wider to tax more of the things we all enjoy with his Big Fat Gypsy Budget.


Unlikely as it sounds, the Budget has two things in common with popular television programme My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding: controversy and caravans. Perhaps he has been watching too much Channel 4, but among big changes, like an increase in the personal allowance and a corporation tax cut, George Osborne made a very specific announcement about caravans in Wednesday's Budget: from October 1st static caravans, and touring caravans longer than seven metres, will pay the standard 20% rate of VAT. Previously, the static variety were exempt.


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