VAT rise to result in double-digit price increases, UKH warns

UKH said “keeping VAT at 12.5% would have supported operators trying to absorb this tidal wave of cost increases, which come as consumers face their own cost of living crisis

VAT in hospitality will rise from 12.5% to 20% on 1 April 2022, which UKH said “will result in double-digit price increases for consumers as operators struggle to survive” as the sector is forecasting cost inflation running at 18%.

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