At a PAYD breifing yesterday we were informed by the contracters (Aramark) that they have to pay VAT on the food they purchase, where as in the old days HMF didn't pay the VAT. Aramark are using this as an excuse for providing sub-standard food and sub-standard service. This really grips my sh1t. I firmly believe that PAYD (and JPA as well) have the possibility of being the most damaging thing to hit all personnel outside of ops in the history of ever. I know the justification given is that 'this is what we asked for', but I for one don't remember ever asking for a civilian company to rip us off and fcuk us around when all we want is a decent sized portion of scran. My outrage-o-meter is off the chart So, my question, ladies and gents, is: Is this talk about VAT real, or is this a convinient excuse? If the VAT tale is true, does anyone else feel p1ssed off that the gobmint is taxing our food like this? Does ANYONE within HM Forces think PAYD is a good idea and prefer what we have now to what we had previous?