By Marcus Leach

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has announced that the Government will waive VAT on sales of the Military Wives choir's Christmas single by making an exceptional one-off charitable donation to the Royal British Legion, and Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA), the charities chosen to benefit from sales of the song.

The donation will be equivalent to the sum of the VAT receipts collected on sales.

Recognising the service of the armed forces and the high levels of public support for the single, as well as the exceptional contribution both charities make through their work with members of the forces and their families, George Osborne and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond want to maximise the donation that the charity receives by adding the VAT equivalent.

"Our armed forces demonstrate incredible commitment to the nation and make sacrifices for all of us," George Osborne said.

"The Military Wives choir is doing a great job of raising money for this hugely worthy cause. We will donate the tax collected on the single so that as much as possible of the money spent by the public on this fantastic song goes to charities helping our armed forces and their families this Christmas."

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