UK Music welcomes Treasury VAT donation for Jo Cox single - and backs it for Christmas number one

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12/12/2016 London, UK: UK Music today welcomed the Treasury’s decision to ensure VAT from sales of a tribute single in memory of Jo Cox MP will go to good causes.

And Jo Dipple, UK Music’s chief executive, is calling on the public and the industry to unite to celebrate the spirit of togetherness and tolerance embodied by the late politician by ensuring it gets to number one for Christmas.

The single – a version of the Rolling Stones track You Can’t Always Get What You Want – has been released under the name Friends Of Jo Cox and features artists such as Steve Harley, Ricky Wilson. KT Tunstall and David Gray. Also performing on the single are the cross-party Parliamentary band MP4, which includes Kevin Brennan and Pete Wishart of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music which is administered by UK Music.

UK Music had made representations to the Treasury to request that money which would have gone on VAT was donated to the good causes being supported by the single, as has happened on some previous charity hits. The single will raise money for the Jo Cox Foundation which was established following the death of the MP for Batley and Spen. UK Music has worked with Hope Not Hate, a cause close to Jo Cox’s heart that has campaigned against extremism.

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced today that the Government will make a donation to the Foundation equivalent to the VAT payable on the sales of the single.

Jo Dipple said: “We wanted to see as much of the proceeds of this single were directed to good causes as possible and we are delighted the Treasury agrees. Music brings people together just like Jo did throughout her life. By supporting this single, people can focus on compassion, kindness and hope as well as supporting causes which were close to her heart. We want to encourage everyone to buy this single to make it number one during the season of goodwill, to send out a clear message of unity.”

The single – also featuring members of the members of the Parliament Choir and the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus – is being released by Chrysalis Records on Friday (December 16).

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