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Chancellor Philip Hammond should take a leaf out of George Osborne’s book and waive the VAT for a charity selling First World War Tommy statues, a former head of the Army has said.

A commemoration campaign called There But Not There, set up by the charity Remembered, is raising cash by selling silhouettes of Tommies ahead of the centenary of Armistice Day.

But, of the £4 million that has already been raised, to date more than £800,000 has to be paid to the Government in VAT – with that figure set to increase as sales ramp up.

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