Karen Allen

I fought South Shields at the May 2010 General Election for the Conservatives, gaining a 6.4% swing which was a 4% vote increase. The Conservatives polled 7,886 up from 5,207 in 2005. I was born in the North East and grew up in South Shields. I currently live in London and am employed as a Director at Lloyd's Broker Howden International.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Full House

What with everything seeming all a bit doom and gloom at the moment, I thought it might be an idea to engage in something a little bit more social – so I thought of popping down to the Mecca Bingo on Dean Road.

Bingo Halls have long been a form of entertainment and an important social hub for many people – particularly for the elderly - who might not otherwise get out as often and have the chance to socialise. In the last two years over 50 clubs have closed across the country and a major contributing factor to the industry’s demise has been certainly been Labour’s imposition of a system of ‘double taxation’ in 2005. Labour introduced new regulations – yes, yet another Bill in their infinite wisdom – which meant bingo revenue is subject to the payment of both 15% VAT and 15% gross profits tax. No other form of gambling or leisure industry in the UK is subject to a comparable regime.

Unless the Government reforms bingo taxation, clubs will close, thousands of people who work in the clubs will be left unemployed, millions of customers will suffer the loss of an important social amenity and British taxpayers will be left to foot the bill for the loss of bingo's substantial contribution to the economy.


Anonymous spentup said...

This is just another tax on the poor. Gordon Brown has spent , spent, spent which all has to be paid for by us. He has squeeze the lemon dry and it is time for him and his cronies to move out.

6:20 pm  

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