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 has cost Scottish taxpayers more than £140 million since 2013.

After 140 SNP calls over five years for an end to VAT charges for our police and fire services, the Chancellor has finally relented. The decision to end this injustice is long-overdue but it doesn’t go far enough.

We will keep fighting for the rebate of the £140 million charged and allow that money to be invested in Scotland’s emergency services.