Finance News: Campaign set up to request a refund on £265k tax charges

A campaign has been launched to persuade the Government to give back a £265,000 VAT bill paid by a cancer charity.

The Primrose Appeal raised £2.1m for a new cancer unit at Bedford Hospital, but was hit by a £265,000 VAT bill.

A petition, organised by the Bedfordshire on Sunday newspaper and signed by 750 people, has been sent to Health Minister John Hutton, urging him to ensure to return the money.

The Primrose Appeal wants the same concession as Macmillan Cancer Relief, which raised £500,000 of the £2.1m for the Macmillan Primrose cancer unit at Bedford Hospital.

The Government returned the VAT paid by Macmillan so it could be spent on staff for the unit.

Earlier this month, Bedford Hospital Charity chairman Brian Woodrow, and local MPs Patrick Hall, Alistair Burt and Jonathan Sayeed met with Hutton.

Woodrow said: "We have had very positive indications that a satisfactory solution will be forthcoming in the near future."

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