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An April 26 protest will be held against the proposed 20 per cent VAT on hot foods including pasties

An April 26 protest will be held against the proposed 20 per cent VAT on hot foods including pasties

An April 26 protest will be held against the proposed 20 per cent VAT on hot foods including pasties

Hundreds of bakers are expected to march on Downing Street next week in protest against the so-called "pasty tax".

High Street bakery chain Greggs and the National Association of Master Bakers have organised the event on April 26 to protest against the proposed 20% VAT on hot foods including pasties.

Hundreds are expected to take part in the march, which will start at Pudding Lane and finish at Downing Street with the delivery of a petition against the plans, a Greggs spokeswoman said.

Chancellor George Osborne announced the tax in last month's Budget, saying it would bring bakeries and supermarkets selling hot food in line with fast-food outlets which already pay VAT.

PA Media