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'13,000' Jobs Threatened by Pasty Tax

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 29th March 2012.

Pasty bosses warn the oggy tax could cost us thirteen thousand jobs - some in Cornwall.

Thousands have signed petitions against the twenty percent hike.

One company has launched a range of t-shirts opposing the plan to add VAT to hot pasties from October.

On Wednesday the Prime Minister found himself at the centre of a fresh row, as he tried to calm anger from his Chancellor telling people to eat cold pasties to get round the tax.

David Cameron told a press conference, "I'm a pasty eater myself. I go to Cornwall on holiday. I love a hot pasty. I think the last one I bought was from the West Cornwall Pasty Company. I seem to remember I was in Leeds station at the time."

Unfortunately the branch there closed in March 2007. Staff at its city centre branch said they were unaware of ever serving the Prime Minister. A different outlet - The Cornish Bakehouse - also used to operate at the station but shut down last Friday, just days after the pasty tax was announced.

The boss of the West Cornwall Pasty Company, which has its origins in Helston and still makes oggies in Falmouth, warned that it could mean up to 13,000 job losses.

Ann Muller makes pasties on The Lizard. She said, "I'm going to end up with a notice: 'Hot for the Rich. Cold for the Poor.' It's going to hit the masses. Perhaps unemployed people and elderly people will take the cold ones and anyone who can afford it will pay the tax."

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