Lyrics: Listen to this song from Wakefield Cathedral where we're in a right old mess. It's taken four years to start our renovation, now the Budget's caused us real distress; There's a threat to levy extra VAT on any Changes to buildings of antiquity, So please sign the e-petition launched from our Cathedral -- please help, this is an SOS!
Wakefield Cathedral's not rich and famous but suddenly we're headline news ... we're Really very poor and now we have no floor. We've even sold the pews to raise Funds this listed building to renovate, for future generations to appreciate, but Now we're in the mire, the VAT bill's just got higher, and legally work has to stop.
Work has to stop 'coz charities and churches must by law have funds to pay every bill, so if HMRC want to charge more VAT it brings our project to a major stand still. This Change is anti-Community - unlikely to build Big Society as local groups discover this VAT they can't recover so they might as well pack up and go home.
So come on Mr Osborne, do the decent thing - there really is no excuse ... to tax Buildings that are listed, this VAT must be resisted where the building's for community use. You tax people's incomes before they fundraise to save their local building so please reappraise and stop this double taxation you're imposing on the nation to raise VAT that causes projects great harm. I hope this song will twist your arm.