Protest at VAT plan for listed build­ings

Yorkshire Post - Property - - FRONT PAGE -

A COALI­TION of or­gan­i­sa­tions has writ­ten to the Chan­cel­lor urg­ing him not to press ahead with a 20 per cent in­crease in VAT on ap­proved al­ter­ations to listed build­ings.

Seven­teen or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing the Cam­paign to Pro­tect Ru­ral Eng­land, the Fed­er­a­tion of Mas­ter Builders, the Her­itage Al­liance and the Royal In­sti­tute of Bri­tish Ar­chi­tects have signed a let­ter de­scrib­ing the dis­rup­tion the Bud­get mea­sure is al­ready caus­ing to planned build­ing projects and the threat it poses to the fu­ture of the UK’S his­toric build­ings. Brian Berry, of the Fed­er­a­tion of Mas­ter Builders says: “We feel strongly op­posed to the decision to re­move the zero rate of VAT on ap­proved al­ter­ations to listed build­ings as it so much harder to give them a sus­tain­able fu­ture.”

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