From 1 October 2012, the Government intends to remove the VAT zero-rating on alterations to listed buildings. The proposed additional tax burden of £125million each year would halt or jeopardise projects such as converting redundant buildings into new housing and creating new community buildings, such as village halls. It would also disrupt the continual programme of works to churches, historic houses and monuments.
Scottish Land & Estates is supporting the campaign being led by the CLA, the Heritage Alliance, the Historic Houses Association (HHA) and the Cut-the-VAT Coalition, to call on the Government to reverse its decision on VAT. The campaign has already met the Minister responsible for VAT, briefed MPs and pressed for changes to the Finance Bill which is seeing through the Budget’s proposals.
But there must also be strong public opposition to the change, and you can help in a number of ways.
Express your concern in an email to your local MPs stating any local projects in jeopardy.
- work to a listed building that is already a dwelling,
- converting a redundant building into a new dwelling and,
- creating a new community building. Sign the online petition.