British Beauty Council launches #ChopTheVat campaign

The #ChopTheVAT campaign is asking the UK Government to cut the VAT for hair salons from 20 percent down to 5 percent, as they have done for the hospitality industry

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With the support of hair professionals, industry influencers and journalists, a newly formed sub-committee of the British Beauty Council have launched #ChopTheVAT campaign. The campaign is calling on the government to cut the VAT level for hair salons and barbershops from 20 percent down to 5 percent, just as they have done for the hospitality industry.⠀

With salons closed in England and Northern Ireland, new tiers revealed in Scotland and the end of a firebreak lockdown in Wales, some hairdressers across the UK are down 80 percent in terms of client numbers, while still managing the huge overheads of running a bricks and mortar business. It’s estimated 10 percent of UK salons have already closed following lockdown, and 43 percent of salon and barbershop owners don’t know if they will be able to survive the winter without financial help.⠀

In EU guidelines, it is stated that the hairdressing industry can have its VAT cut from 20 percent down to 5 percent, but it hasn’t happened. That extra 15 percent of cash  would make a significant difference, especially as the salon sector survives on relatively small margins given the overheads. That extra 15 percent could potentially winter-proof some of our best-loved businesses.
You can read all about the #ChopTheVAT campaign here. Some familiar faces and some of the industry’s landmark names have spoken up about why this VAT cut is SO needed, and they are ready and willing to give as much detail as they can on the financial impact to our sector to the treasury.