Fire Brigades Union

Fire Brigades Union

June 12, 2012 13:55 ET

Scottish Fire Crews Warn Whitehall Tax Grab Could Lead to Frontline Cuts and Increase Risk to the Public

SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - June 12, 2012) - Whitehall tax bosses have said the new Scottish Fire Service won't be able to reclaim VAT, unlike fire services in the rest of the UK. It could cost the Scottish fire service millions of pounds a year and lead to cuts in frontline fire crews across Scotland.

FBU Scotland accused Whitehall's revenue and customs service of a two-faced approach to collecting tax. Large companies have cut deals to avoid large tax payments to boost profits while the Scottish rescue service will be robbed of millions.

Roddy Robertson, FBU Executive Council member for Scotland said: "This tax grab will rob the fire service of millions of pounds and could lead to cuts in frontline services. Communities across Scotland face the loss of frontline rescue crews because of this vindictive approach.

"Every other fire service in the UK can reclaim VAT. The exception will be Scotland and I believe Danny Alexander MP, who represents a Scottish constituency, needs to explain why the Treasury is taking this approach.

"Whitehall must think again. We cannot have tax discrimination aimed at the Scottish fire and rescue service."

Contact Information

  • Roddy Robertson
    07801 047601

    John Duffy
    07801 047618