VAT hike to 20% expected by economists

Economists have warned that VAT may have to rise to 20% if the UK is going to
make significant inroads into the budget deficit.

In a bid to restore market confidence, which feels the measures outlined so
far by the new government will not do enough to tackle the debt problem,
economists expect to see a significant hike in the VAT rate.

A rise to 20% would cost each household £425 but could be introduced without
breaking Conservative or Liberal Democrat manifesto pledges, reports the

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