Cornwall

Cornwall 'pasty tax' protest marches through Falmouth

  • 29 April 2012
  • From the section Cornwall
March in Falmouth
Image caption The march was organised by Cornish entertainer Edward Rowe

Campaigners against the so-called "pasty tax" have taken part in a protest in Cornwall.

About 600 people marched through Falmouth earlier, a BBC reporter at the scene said.

Protesters are campaigning against the government's plans to extend VAT to all hot food, with the exception of freshly-baked bread.

The Treasury has said VAT is already charged on most hot food and adding it to pasties closes a "loophole".

Proposals in the March Budget mean a tax of 20% would be charged on pasties, as well as pies.

The plans have been met with resistance from high street bakers Greggs as well as MPs from all parties.

On Thursday, hundreds of bakers from across the country protested at Downing Street against the plans.

The march in Falmouth was organised by Cornish entertainer Edward Rowe.

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