Updated: May 15, 2019
A fish and chip shop owner in Norwich has set up a petition calling for the government to remove VAT from fish and chips.
Paul Slater, who owns Long John Hill Fish Bar, says some key costs have increased by over 40% in the last 12 months and with fish and potato prices increasing further, there is a danger that fish and chips may become too expensive for many of his regulars.
He wants to see the 20% that is currently levied on the takeaway favourite scrapped, reducing his regular cod and chips from £6.50 to £5.40, a saving of £1.10.
Paul comments: "Fish prices are going through the roof. It's 30-40% more expensive than it was time last year. I've had to put my prices up but I want to be more proactive than this, because costs are still going up and before long fish and chips will to stop being an affordable meal.
"VAT is a big chunk of the price of fish and chips and if we can address that then it will help hugely. Fish and chips is part of our heritage and I am keen on saving it.
The petition, which currently has 596 signatures, needs 10,000 for the government to respond and 100,000 for it to be discussed in parliament. Paul is optimistic about his chances, adding: "The petition has really picked up this week and gained a lot of signatures. It is one of the top three rated petitions on the website and I can see from the online map that it's not people from this area supporting it, it's gained support from all parts of the UK. If everyone joins in, we should have a chance of being listened to."
To put your name to the petition, click here.