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Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas calls on Government to rethink “skip tax”

PUBLISHED: 13:55 01 June 2012

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas

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Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas has called on the Government to reconsider its increase in tax on skips.

The tax rate changed from £2.50 a tonne to £64 a tonne last month – a rise of 2460 per cent. Mr Cruddas said the hike could mean closure for small businesses and might mean some would not even be able to afford to pick up skips they had left at sites before the tax was announced.

Mr Cruddas said: “If this policy continues without any formal consultation and amendments then it will without doubt cost jobs not only in the skip company but in the wider construction industry.”

He added skip companies were calling for a suspension of the new rate while a formal consultation takes place, and ways to ameliorate the eventual cost like an intermediate tax rate for certain materials or a phasing-in of the new rate.

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