Petition - Reduction in VAT for home energy bills

– in the House of Commons at 8:29 pm on 19th January 2021.

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Photo of David Linden David Linden Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Housing, Communities and Local Government) 8:29 pm, 19th January 2021

Earlier this month, Citizens Advice Scotland launched Big Energy Saving Month, which is incredibly important, not least because approximately 25% of Glaswegians live in fuel poverty. Tonight, I present a petition on behalf of my east end constituents calling for a reduction in VAT for home energy bills. The petition states:

The petition of residents of the constituency of Glasgow East,

Declares that there is widespread public support and acknowledgement of the need for countries across the UK to lockdown to suppress the spread of coronavirus;
notes that in doing so many constituents are experiencing greatly increased energy costs as a result of staying at home;
and declares that people should not have to bare unfairly the financial burden of complying with stay-at-home guidance in the height of a pandemic and during cold winter weather when energy bills are typically higher.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to bring forward measures to temporarily reduce VAT liability for home energy bills.

And the petitioners remain, etc.