VAT ditty for the tax man

Dean of Wakefield's wife Pamela Greener has written a song and put it on YouTube about the government introducing 20% VAT on listed building alterations, which will cost the cathedral project an extra �200,000 if it goes ahead.
Dean of Wakefield's wife Pamela Greener has written a song and put it on YouTube about the government introducing 20% VAT on listed building alterations, which will cost the cathedral project an extra �200,000 if it goes ahead.
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A PROTEST song warning that a multi-million pound restoration of Wakefield Cathedral is in jeopardy has become an internet hit.

The VAT Ditty has been written and performed by the Dean of Wakefield’s wife, Pamela Greener.

It follows the government’s budget announcement that VAT could be introduced on listed building alterations.

And if the 20 per cent hike, which is due to come into force in October, goes ahead it will cost the cathedral at least an extra £200,000.

Church leaders have started a petition and Mrs Greener felt so angered by the plans she penned her own song and sang it in the demolished nave.

The video has been viewed nearly 3,000 times on YouTube.

The Dean of Wakefield, the Very Rev Jonathan Greener said: “Music is a powerful means of communication which is why it is such an important part of cathedral life.

“So I was delighted that my wife should write this song and make this video to support us all in our campaign to stop this crippling, unfair tax.”

Work to renew the Grade One listed building started last month after four years of fundraising.

The two-phase project, which ties in with the cathedral’s 125th birthday next year, is set to cost around £5m, but the current work has only tied up half of that figure.

To find out more follow the link from www.wake field-cathedral.org.uk