So we've been waiting a while to find out what the government
was going to do in this budget. This time last year, they said
(buried deep in the small print) that they'd look into 'modernising
and clarifying VAT legislation' on non-alcoholic drinks. And 20,000
of you kindly signed a petition to say
you think it's a bit odd to tax healthy juices and smoothies, when
all sorts of other food is zero-rated.
If any of you are experts in reading budget reports, we'd love
to see if they did say anything about taxing juices and smoothies.
But we don't think they did. This weekend Vince Cable announced in
his speech that he thought it might be a good idea to tax a little
bit more on alcohol, and use that money to pay for a reduction in
tax on juice. We definitely heard the bit in the budget speech
today about pints costing more. But we didn't hear Mr Darling say
anything about spending that money on encouraging people to get
more fruit on board. Maybe he'll announce that another day. In the
meantime, thanks to all of you for helping us with our petition.
And don't worry. We haven't given up just yet...