Social care petition goes live for zero-rated VAT

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A government petition to make VAT zero-rated for social care is now live.

Campaigners are encouraging social care staff, their friends, family and colleagues to sign the petition in the hope of securing 100,000 signatures so that the issue can be debated in Parliament.

A consortium of home care providers has been lobbying the government since May to enable social care providers to become zero-rated for VAT.

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This would mean providers would not charge VAT on services to the most vulnerable in society, but reclaim VAT on their expenses, such as PPE, utilities, rent and repairs.

In a recent webinar, the consortium, made up of CEOs and directors from Bluebird Care, Caremark, Heritage Healthcare, Home Instead Senior Care, KarePlus, Radfield Home Care and Right at Home, argued that the domiciliary care market would save £40 million a year if the campaign is successful.

They said this money would be reinvested back into the workforce, resources and client experience.

Click here to sign the petition

Campaigners are also encouraging social providers to write a letter to their MPs, asking them to support the campaign in the hope of engaging in positive dialogue with the HM Treasury.

In addition, a Home Care Hub has been launched on LinkedIn, which hosts updates and activity regarding the campaign.

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