Cider tax exemption to continue pending outcome of EU review

Cider tax exemption to continue pending outcome of EU review

A long-standing tax exemption for East Midlands small cider and perry producers will continue pending the outcome of an EU review next year. The news has been welcomed by East Midlands MEP Andrew Lewer MBE who has added his support to campaigns opposing an EU bid to remove the exemption – worth £2,700 a year. Last year the EU Commission ordered the UK government to end the 40-year tax exemption for producers who make less than 33 pints a day. But following campaigns by Andrew, other MEPs and CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), the EU agreed to review its decision and open a formal consultation. “The EU review will not be completed until next year,” said Andrew Lewer. “In the meantime, it is right there is no change to the UK tax exemption. “I believe the ruling was unfair and could have resulted in widespread closure of small cider and perry producers across the East Midlands and beyond.” Andrew said he would continue in his efforts to reject the tax hike which could land small producers with an extra tax bill of up to £2,700. “An increase of this size would make production uneconomical, severely impact consumer choice and cause irreparable damage to one of our most historic industries,” he added. Confirmation was given at the inaugural meeting of the European Cider Interest Group, set-up by West Midlands MEP Daniel Dalton to campaign for cider across the...
Rushcliffe Carers get a Chance to Make a Music Oasis

Rushcliffe Carers get a Chance to Make a Music Oasis

According to Carers Trust, the definition of a carer is “anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.” There are 6.5 million Carers in the UK and the work taken on by Carers saves the UK Economy a staggering £119 billion on an annual basis but it is taking its toll. 61% of carers surveyed have suffered depression as a result of their caring role and 92% feel more stressed. So who is taking care of the Carers? Following on from a successful workshop in October 2015, NHS Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group have commissioned three more workshops for Carers to learn about using the power of music to enhance their quality of life and providing them with a specially designed toolkit “My Music Oasis” from Nottinghamshire charity, musicworks. The workshops are FREE for Carers and are part of a series of workshops happening all over the county. The “My Music Oasis” workshop is designed for people caring for others, and aims to recognise and celebrate the vital role they play, often at a significant cost to themselves. The fun and interactive workshop, run by musicworks’ training partner, JoCo Learning and Development, looks at how the “My Music Oasis” toolkit is used to capture personalised music and make beneficial use of it in the daily life of a Carer. It will be an opportunity to meet other Carers and socialise whilst creating their own personalised playlists. Participants will receive the toolkit free of charge to keep and use. The “My Music Oasis” toolkit, designed by Nottinghamshire based charity, musicworks enables Carers to draw together pieces of music...