CHURCHES, village halls, charity shops and sports clubs are facing a new £20 million tax from the Labour Government.
From April, after the new regulations are ratified by Parliament, voluntary groups will have to pay for a so-called “PPL” performance rights licence in order to play recorded music
Caroline Spelman, MP for Meriden, said: “In the small print of obscure new regulations, the Government is abolishing charities’ and voluntary groups’ long-standing exemption from music licensing rules – hitting them with unexpected new bills just for holding events with recorded music or for playing a radio.
“This will affect all local church worship, charity discos, tea dances, youth clubs, dancing groups, sports clubs and even charity shops which have a radio in their staff room.
“Some organisations will cease playing music because they cannot afford a licence, and overall it will hit a quarter of a million organisations – 140,000 charities, 6,750 charity shops, 66,440 sports clubs, 4,000 community buildings, 5,000 rural halls and 45,000 religious buildings.
“Conservatives are opposing these changes. Undermining the good work churches and charities do is yet another Labour assault on the fabric of British community life.
“Having effectively shut down post offices and local pubs, this is a heartless tax on community buildings and charities. The Government should think again and don’t stop the music.”