Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bring back zero-rate VAT on alterations to listed churches

The Church Buildings Council is lobbying to bring back zero-rate VAT on alterations to listed churches and is asking people to write to their MP and to sign a petition. See:  VAT Lobby On Alterations.

The Bishop of London, Richard Cartres, the Second Church Estates Commissioner, Tony Baldry and the Chair of the Church Building Council, Anne Sloman have all written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer explaining their dismay at the serious impact the abolition of VAT exemption on listed buildings will have on churches. They are encouraging anyone who has an interest in the heritage of churches in this country - both regular and irregular church-goers - to write to their local MP. They have drafted a letter for anyone to amend and send to their local MP and/or the Chancellor.

They have also set up an e-petition to put pressure on the Government to change their mind about the proposed imposition of VAT on alterations yo Listed Places of Worship and are encouraging all parishioners to sign this as soon as possible. The government consultation ends on 4th May - so if you support this campaign please sign before then. See: e-petition.

Other relevant links:

  1. Government's Consultation Document
  2. Budget document, Chapter 2, para 179

No comments:

Post a Comment

Do you have something to say?