Public and private operators need a level VAT playing field
Should councils be granted exemption from paying VAT on off-street parking? Grahame Rose believes the current level playing field favours council car parks
The suggestion that councils would have no distinct advantage if they were exempt from paying VAT on the revenues generated by off-street car parking is flawed and misleading. For example, a council would gain approximately £80,000 a year over a private contractor from a car park that turns over £500,000 a year. How can that not be a significant advantage?
Additionally, if council-run sites are able to significantly reduce the prices they charge for parking, their facilities will of...