BPC shows mixed reaction to Budget

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has highlighted its pleasure with the government’s recognition of the role apprenticeships play.

According to the BPC, George Osborne’s Budget has recognised the vital role apprenticeships play in promoting growth and improving skills. BPC said: “As the Richard Review recommends, employers’ needs have to sit at the heart of the apprenticeship system, so that young people can gain the skills they need to make a long-term contribution to the success of the poultry sector.”

However, the organisation has said it was “disappointed” to see that the VAT on hot foodstuffs was not reversed, since it delivered a whopping 50,000-signature petition to the Treasury. BPC explained that the tax has had a major impact on the sales of rotisserie chickens.

BPC said: “This ‘hot VAT tax’ is not raising huge sums for the Treasury but is having a major impact on hard-pressed families and British producers across the country.”