VAT LIABILITY FOR THE POLICE SERVICE OF SCOTLAND

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Conference
2015 Police & Justice Service Group Conference
Date
15 June 2015
Decision
Carried as Amended

The formation of the Police Service of Scotland by the Scottish Government in their Police and Fire Reform Act (2012) has left the service unable to recover VAT. HM Treasury has made a decision to not allow the Scottish Police or Fire & Rescue services to reclaim VAT due to the construction of that Act which created a new “significant public body” and removed the Police from local authority control.

Despite this, the Scottish Government pressed ahead with the formation of a single service for Scotland required to make efficiency savings which are being realised through the loss of staff jobs throughout Scotland. The removal of this estimated £23 million could go significantly to realising savings and alleviate the pressure causing the reduction of police staff.

Conference asks the Service Group Executive to:

1)write to HM Treasury asking for VAT liability for Police Scotland to be reviewed;

2)write to Angus Roberston MP as the leader of the Scottish National Party Parliamentary Group in Westminster asking the SNP MP’s group to raise the issue in the UK Parliament.