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Belated VAT cut will freeze car park fees

CAR-parking charges will remain the same in April as Solihull Council attempts to repay the cut in VAT to taxpayers.

CAR-parking charges will remain the same in April as Solihull Council attempts to repay the cut in VAT to taxpayers.

The cash-strapped authority was blasted last year by Solihull MP ­Lorely Burt when it emerged they had not introduced the 2.5 per cent cut to charges for services across the borough.

The council has now confirmed that all prices have been altered to services for which they are directly responsible with the only exception being car parking charges.

Councillor Ken Hawkins, who is the cabinet member for resources, said the logical thing to do would be to freeze the figures for the coming tax year.

“We have introduced the VAT cut to all services that we are responsible for, but in the case of car parking, rather than incur the expense of amending tariff boards and car park machines, we have not adjusted charges up to March 2009.

“Instead we will not be applying our usual increase in charges from April 2009. Throughout 2009/10, car park charges will remain at current levels.”

The 2.5?per cent VAT reduction came into force at the end of Nov­em­ber and major retailers slashed prices immediately to coincide with the change.

And although leisure services are yet to be adjusted Councillor Hawkins said the situation is being monitored.

“Leisure services are provided in partnership with our leisure provider and we are in discussion with that provider about the effects of VAT on charges for leisure facilities.”

 

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