Pub group in tax protest

Richard Oastler Pub, Brighouse
Richard Oastler Pub, Brighouse

Three local Wetherspoon pubs are to cut the price of all food and drink on Wednesday (25th).

The Richard Oastler in Bethal Street, Brighouse, together with The Barum Top Inn in Rawson Street and The Percy Shaw in Broad Street, Halifax, are backing a national Tax Parity Day, aimed at highlighting the benefit of a VAT reduction in the hospitality industry.

Prices will be reduced for one day only, in order to show the benefits of a VAT reduction to 5 per cent.

At present all food and drink in pubs is subject to 20 per cent VAT, compared to supermarkets which benefit from a zero VAT rate.

Amanda McKenzie, manager at The Richard Oastler, said: ““We are keen to highlight the amount customers would save if VAT in pubs was lowered permanently.

“So, for example, the total price of a meal and drinks for a customer would be reduced from £10 to £9.25 on Tax Parity Day.”