Chancellor gives VAT on X Factor single to charity

Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced his annual Christmas gift to charity, by revealing that the VAT collected on sales of the X Factor winner’s charity song will be donated to children’s charities

The money raised from sales of Dalton Harris’s cover version of Power of Love will go to Together for Short Lives and Shooting Star Chase.

Both charities, which provide support to children with life-limiting illnesses and their families, will benefit from the donation as the government gives back the VAT on the X Factor charity song for the eighth year running.

Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said: ‘We will donate the VAT paid on the sales, ensuring more people can benefit from this crucial funding.

‘The single goes a huge way in raising awareness of valuable causes and the charities behind them and that’s why the government has supported the X factor Christmas single with donations worth more than £300,000 over the last eight years.’

The government has donated the VAT previously on other charity singles, including the 2016 Jo Cox Foundation single, 2015 Save the Children single, the 2011’s Military Wives Choir single, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake appeal single.

The Department of Health and Social Care will make the donation of the VAT on the government’s behalf.

Harris’s single will be fighting for the number one slot alongside other contenders Ariana Grande, Ava Max and George Ezra. Seven previous X Factor winners have claimed the Christmas number one, including Shayne Ward in 2005, Alexandra Burke in 2008 and Matt Cardle in 2010.

Report by Pat Sweet

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