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defence minister has taken the unusual step of backing a campaign urging his own Government to refund VAT on an Armed Services charity’s fundraising project.

Tobias Ellwood, the minister for veterans, is calling on the Treasury to ensure all money raised from a commemoration marking the centenary since the end of World War One goes to help veterans.

Sales of ‘Tommy’ figurines, miniature replicas sold as part of the ‘There But Not There’ campaign, have raised nearly £4 million, with the final figure expected to reach £15 million. However, £800,000 has so far been paid in VAT to the Government.

In a move backed by Mr Ellwood, General Sir Lord Dannatt, the patron of Remembered an umbrella organisation for six veterans’ charities, has written to the Chancellor Philip Hammond urging him to use money from the Libor fund to repay the VAT.

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