ACE has submitted its response to HMRC's consultation on proposed changes to the reduced rate of VAT for the installation of energy saving materials in compliance with a recent decision by the European Court. Having taken the lead in convening a coalition of interested organisations concerned about the implications of the European Commission's view on the reduced rate of VAT, and through constructive and sustained engagement with the Government, we a pleased to say that - notwithstanding a few concerns - we broadly welcome HMRC's proposals.
On the same day that official figures reveal that last winter’s Excess Winter Deaths were at their highest level for 15 years, ACE has described as ‘scandalous’ the Chancellor’s announcement of a 42% cut in the help available to households living in dangerously cold homes. They have also expressed disappointment that, despite allocating £100 billion for infrastructure projects, Mr Osborne has chosen to spend not one penny of this pot to make the UK housing stock more energy efficient.
A new report by the Association for the Conservation of Energy has shone a spotlight on the energy performance of homes in the Wells constituency. The report, which has been welcomed by local MP James Heappey and by WISH, a local front-line scheme delivering warmer homes, shows how tens of thousands of local residents have benefited in recent years from proper insulation and efficient boilers, making their homes more affordable to heat and safer to live in. But the report also highlights that residents in Mid-Somerset have seen half as many improvements per household from recent schemes when compared to the national average. It goes on to identify the huge untapped potential for delivering to the remaining residents the benefits their neighbours have seen.