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BMF welcomes scrapping of Conservatory Tax

Exclusive: A long-awaited decision by the Government to scrap proposed changes to Part L of the Building Regulations has been welcomed by the Builders Merchants’ Federation.

The Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG) sought input on requiring voters to have energy-efficiency consequential improvements carried out when having conservatories, conversions or extensions done - or when replacing boilers or a number of windows.

Secretary of State Eric Pickles MP announced the intention to introduce these consequential improvements will be scrapped. The Minister decided it would be wrong to put an additional cost on owner-occupiers.

Research from the Energy Saving Trust found 38 per cent of households would be put off from doing improvements if they had to do consequential improvements too.

Focus groups conducted by AECOM showed the majority of installers connected with Gas Safe Register, or Competent Persons Schemes, were very negative towards the idea of being responsible for informing homeowners.

Regarding compliance, the BMF argued local authorities would be unlikely to enforce any new Regulations. Given the financial squeeze they face - and with Council Tax frozen again by many authorities - Trading Standards are under pressure to concentrate on other priorities.

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