Campsite fees set to rise
James Cowpers said that "the price rises will be inevitable when a series of concessions in respect of VAT come to an end on 1 January 2012."
Under the change non-metered water and sewerage charges, the recharge of business rates and first-time connection to utilities will attract the 20 per cent standard VAT rate. As a result, campsite owners are expected to balance their books by increasing their charges to holidaymakers.
Efforts were made last December by HM Revenue and Customs to communicate a 12-month period of notice to UK site owners and caravanners before the new rules apply.