I didn't know about this until today.
The Police and Fire services are exempt from VAT charges everywhere in the UK & NI, except Scotland.
In order to reduce costs in the face of austerity measures, we nationalised both forces (away from regional authorities) and HMRC are now demanding they pay VAT charges of £35 million a year.
That's not peanuts, it's a kick in the fucking stones by the Westminster Government for trying to streamline services in the face of reduced funding.
(The Barnett Formula is based on Government spending in England btw...all revenue from each nation used to go straight into the Treasury, then apportioned back out based on what is spent there.
That means that every penny saved in England, by reducing services and privatisation etc.. reduced the percentage of return to the other nations...and that's why you've been fucked over so badly, while the establishment try to say it's the fault of 'the provinces', when it's not, they're fucking England in order to fuck everyone else.)
Selling pensioners houses to pay for their social health care in England was another step in that process, since the knock on effect would be to reduce the portion of NHS funding to Wales, Scotland and NI...you were the intended guinea pigs.
..this VAT issue is indicative of that.
We take a radical (some say drastic) step to maintain Police & Fire services, and Westminster fucks us to the tune of £75million since it was introduced a couple of years ago.
Despite that, the Tories have no problem pulling £1 Billion
out of their arses to pay a few DUP MP's to prop up their Government, while those newly elected Scottish Tories sit there and say fuck all about this VAT ripoff, the despicable bastards.
..and that's ruddy swearing..