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VAT: Memorials

Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many UK charities have been refunded VAT for the construction, renovation and maintenance of war memorials since August 2005; and what total sum has been refunded in that period. (142591)

I have been asked to reply.

The Memorials Grant Scheme returns as a grant the equivalent of the VAT incurred by charities and faith groups in establishing or maintaining memorial structures. Since August 2005, grants totalling £660,000 have been made. Of this, grants totalling £529,851 have been made to nine UK charities for the construction, renovation or maintenance of war memorials. Additional sums have been paid to faith groups for the maintenance of war memorials in their care.