November 15, 2019

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf MSP has demanded that the Treasury pay back £175 million taken from Scottish police and fire services.

The organisations became liable for VAT after merging from regional into national bodies in 2013 – though no other territorial police services in the UK had to pay.

The Scottish bodies paid £35 million a year in the...

July 29, 2019

Kenneth Gibson MSP has called on the new UK Tory Government to refund the £125 million paid by Police Scotland in VAT between 2013 and 2018.

VAT was not imposed on any other UK force over those five years.

Kenneth, who raised this issue in the Scottish Parliament, said the Prime Minister is “playing catch up" with the SNP on policing.

Home Office f...

February 25, 2019

The SNP has called for a £175 million VAT debt to be repaid, after analysis found that five years of non-refunded VAT paid to the UK government by Scotland’s territorial police service – which no other territorial police services in the UK had to pay - could have paid for the training of nearly 2,000 new police officers. And this does not includ...

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