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Jason the Maverick

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GST OFF SCHOOL UNIFORMS?
« on: September 04, 2008, 08:56:08 AM »
"There's a call for school uniforms to be GST-free.

Deputy Shona Pitbull says people shouldn't pay the three percent tax on the clothes their children have to wear to school.

Politicians are expected to debate the issue next week.

Meanwhile another politician is arguing that GST should stay on food.

Deputy John Le Fondre says the money raised should be used to help those most in need.

He thinks making food exempt will benefit the better-off".

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Re: GST OFF SCHOOL UNIFORMS?
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2008, 09:04:31 AM »
But I thought the JDA announced earlier in the year that they were going to scrap GST on everything?  So why are they cherry picking items now or is this just another u-turn by the party?

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Re: GST OFF SCHOOL UNIFORMS?
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2008, 08:46:37 AM »
GST off school uniforms woul be a good idea, as (1) these are expensive, and children are growing out of them, wearing them out (2) they are easily identified, unlike food, for example (3) they are essential for parents with children.



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Re: GST OFF SCHOOL UNIFORMS?
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2008, 09:40:54 AM »
Tony - definition of food for GST exemption purposes:

'Food and food ingredients are defined as substances, in any form, that are sold for ingestion or chewing by humans and are consumed for their taste or nutritional value.'

It is my first attempt at a definition. Please explore...



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Re: GST OFF SCHOOL UNIFORMS?
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2008, 02:47:44 PM »
There should be better means of reducing the cost of school uniforms.

For example, most schools wear white poloshirts with an embroidered monogram on them.  Why don't they sell the monograms separately and allow the parents to buy poloshirts where they will and then just sew the monograms on to them.  Similarly with sweaters.

Most schools have a secondhand shop as well - most of my school uniform was "hand me downers".  How's that for recycling......Come to think of it even my bike was a hand me downer!

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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2008, 02:57:30 PM »
The problem is a lot of schools require you to buy products from certain places and that's not just the private schools.

And some schools you can only buy the uniform from the school at inflated prices.

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« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2008, 09:58:59 AM »
A good idea to sell seperately, but can those of us who can't sew have help? I can just about manage buttons, although there is not a lot of button visible when I have finished. It doesn't come off again though!





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Re: GST OFF SCHOOL UNIFORMS?
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2008, 10:35:13 AM »
Are you Marie Antoinette in disguise?

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Re: GST OFF SCHOOL UNIFORMS?
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2008, 12:23:09 PM »
Rougeelement

Please stay on thread, if you want to use your sence of humour, PJ has a joke section.

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Re: GST OFF SCHOOL UNIFORMS?
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2008, 01:19:44 PM »
Stay on thread,, ok , my sewing abilities unlike those of prof . woteva are not bad , I am sure that I will be able to sew the badge on my next school blazer , subject of course to being able to buy separately  and with a GST exemption.
Sheeeeeesh!

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« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2008, 10:06:19 AM »
Uniforms are readily identified, unlike Jaffa cakes which may or may not be food - according to the UK where they have problems with this.

So - some cost to the seller, setting up those as zero rated. Not huge and one off - most retail stores software allows that.

No extra manpower costs to the States.

Sean Power's fairly mythical army of extra civil servants would not be needed.


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« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2008, 12:06:50 PM »
Yes but £18 (I am told) for a polo shirt as opposed to £5 or less from a chain store plus the cost of the reuseable badge.  Much better than 52p off the cost of the £18 one.

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« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2008, 12:39:17 PM »
Deputy Ferguson,

Some of the London Schools I have worked with have enamel badges with pins on the back. I beleive these are used at La Moye school as well.

Surely this is the simple way forward and those people who are unable to sew (like Roguelement has stated) would be happier. This way the identity of the school can be maintained.

I hope this is helpful,

John.


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« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2008, 09:19:37 PM »
Provided that Health and Safety don't consider them to be deadly weapons.

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« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2008, 10:08:38 PM »
Don't you just love health and safety ::)