What is the SNP policy on police and fire services paying VAT?

Despite emergency services in England having tax relief from VAT, the UK government failed to deliver the same relief for Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, which cost Scottish taxpayers more than £175 million over five years.

After repeated SNP calls for the end to VAT charges on our police and fire services, the UK Government finally relented. The decision to end this injustice was long-overdue but it doesn’t go far enough.

We will continue to demand the UK Government refunds the £175 million in VAT owed to Scotland’s emergency services.