Is VAT rise a 'tough but necessary step'?
VAT has risen to 20% from today and while some are calling it a tax on the poorest, the government says it is a 'tough but necessary step'.
The government says the hike will raise around £13 billion a year which is needed to tackle the UK's budget deficit. But retailers say it could slow down consumer spending, fuel inflation and lead to job losses.
Emma Simpson reports.