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MPs urge VAT cut for green measures

The Government is being urged to cut VAT on building repairs and maintenance work to five per cent to help households make energy efficient improvements to their homes and combat cowboy builders.

An early day motion tabled by Colchester MP Bob Russell has already received more than 100 signatures from MPs while members of the Welsh Assembly have also called for the UK government to review VAT policy.

Richard Jenkins, Director of the Federation of Master Builders in Wales said: “I am delighted that there is such strong support for a cut in VAT from within the Welsh Assembly.

“Rogue traders flourish by evading VAT and offering the customer a cheap deal as a result. Reducing the rate of VAT on domestic building work to five per cent would reduce significantly the commercial advantage of the VAT evading trader.”

Richard Hyslop, Cut the VAT Coalition Co-ordinator, said: “There are significant advantages in cutting VAT especially at this time when the pressure is growing on Government to provide more homes and at the same time bring existing properties into line with reduced carbon requirements.

“I am delighted that politicians across the UK are speaking out and calling on the UK Government to cut VAT, I only hope they are listening.”