FUW Broadband Campaign Gets Local Backing

Local politicians have backed the FUW in its campaign against HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) “absurd” decision to force farmers in areas with no or poor broadband provision to fill out their monthly or quarterly VAT returns on-line from 1 April this year. Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM and Adam Price MP have attacked the proposals saying they are ignorant to the problems facing the farming industry.
Adam Price MP said:

“This demand is totally unacceptable. The fact is that in many areas of Carmarthenshire access to broadband is not available. For the HMRC to force farmers to fill out their VAT returns on-line shows a clear lack of understanding for the challenges facing the industry.”

Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM, who is chair of the Assembly’s Rural Sub Committee added:

“There are a number of broadband ‘not spots’ in the Wales and most of these are in rural areas where farming is a major industry. I am fully supportive of the FUW’s campaign and I hope that HMRC see sense and make some flexible arrangements to accommodate those people that do not have access to broadband facilities.”

Plaid‘s Westminster candidate Jonathan Edwards said:

“This is a clear example of decisions taken in London with little to no appreciation for the situation facing many in the farming industry and rural communities. If this heavy handed approach is used then there is little doubt it will have a negative impact on the industry.”

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