Press release

Chancellor to waive VAT on Hillsborough single

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has today announced that the Government will waive VAT on sales of the Hillsborough single.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has today announced that the Government will waive VAT on sales of the Hillsborough single, He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother. The donation will be equivalent to the VAT receipts collected on sales before the end of March 2013. 

Proceeds from the release of the single will be deposited into a fund to provide legal support for the families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

The Chancellor said:

These families have been campaigning for justice for almost 24 years; it’s been a long journey so I’m pleased to be able to say the Government will effectively waive the VAT on sales of the Hillsborough single, ensuring that as much money as possible goes towards helping these families.

Notes for editors

  1. The fundraising song is performed by the Justice Collective which features such artists as Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams and Melanie C.

  2. Released on 17 December, proceeds from sales will be donated to LCVS, Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services and will go towards supporting the families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, which took place on 15 April 1989.

  3. The donation will be equivalent to the sum of the VAT receipts collected on sales before the end of March 2013.

  4. The VAT will be refunded in the form of a charitable donation, provided by the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Department of Health and Department for Culture, Media and Sport.