The trade body representing Britain's 10,000 fish and chip shops is sharply criticizing a decision by the UK government to follow through with plans to return the value-added tax (VAT) on their products to 20 percent.

During the height of the pandemic, as the foodservice sector was being battered by the lockdowns, UK finance minister Rishi Sunak, known by his official title as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, slashed VAT rates to just 5 percent.