Michael Gove

Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

Conservative MP for Surrey Heath

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VAT Rate

There have been votes in Parliament on the rate at which Value Added Tax (VAT) is charged.

Photo: HM Treasury

Michael Gove generally voted for increasing the rate of VAT

TheyWorkForYou has automatically calculated this MP’s stance based on all of their votes on the topic. You can browse the source data on PublicWhip.org.uk.

Key votes about increasing the rate of VAT:

  • On 25 Jun 2019: Michael Gove voted to exclude wind and water turbines from a special reduced rate of VAT applying to the supply and installation of energy-saving materials in residential accommodation. Show vote
  • On 26 Oct 2015: Michael Gove voted for the measures in the Finance Bill including an increase in the income tax personal allowance, and to cap the rates of VAT and income tax at their existing rates until the next general election. Show vote
  • On 21 Jul 2015: Michael Gove voted for the measures in the Finance Bill including an increase in the income tax personal allowance, and to cap the rates of VAT and income tax at their existing rates until the next general election. Show vote
  • On 21 Jul 2015: Michael Gove voted for the measures in the Finance Bill including an increase in the income tax personal allowance, and to cap the rates of VAT and income tax at their existing rates until the next general election. Show vote
  • On 14 Jul 2015: Michael Gove voted in favour of the Summer 2015 budget which, among other measures, increased the minimum wage, replaced student maintenance grants with loans and cut tax credits. Show vote
  • On 18 Apr 2013: Michael Gove was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — New Clause 2 — Rate of VAT Show vote
  • On 5 Sep 2012: Michael Gove voted against introducing a tax on bankers' bonuses to fund 25,000 additional affordable homes, against making planned investment sooner, against reducing VAT on home improvements and against calling on the Government to create jobs. Show vote
  • On 5 Sep 2012: Michael Gove voted to levy a tax on bankers' bonuses to fund 25,000 affordable homes, to invest in infrastructure, to cut VAT on works on homes. Show vote
  • On 3 Jul 2012: Michael Gove was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — New Clause 12 — Rate of VAT Show vote
  • On 17 May 2012: Michael Gove voted against measures to stimulate economic growth and job creation; against a tax on bank bonuses to fund guaranteed jobs for young people out of work for over a year; against reducing VAT; against a tax break for small firms taking on extra workers and against making infrastructure investment sooner. Show vote
  • On 17 May 2012: Michael Gove voted against creating jobs; a tax on bank bonuses to fund guaranteed jobs for young people out of work for a year; a VAT cut; a tax break for small firms taking on more workers and making infrastructure investment sooner. Show vote
  • On 16 May 2012: Michael Gove voted against reducing public transport fares, and against reducing VAT on fuel to help motorists and boost the economy. Show vote
  • On 11 Jan 2012: Michael Gove voted against a series of measures aimed at making energy bills more affordable, including extending benefits, reforming the energy market, reducing VAT on home improvements and reforming the Green Deal scheme. Show vote
  • On 14 Dec 2011: Michael Gove voted against creating 100,000 jobs and building 25,000 homes using funds raised via a bank bonus tax, against reducing VAT on home improvements and against tax breaks for small firms taking on new workers. Show vote
  • On 23 Nov 2011: Michael Gove was absent for a vote on Opposition Day — Economic Growth and Employment Show vote
  • On 9 Nov 2011: Michael Gove voted against introducing a tax on bank bonuses to guarantee a job for 100,000 young people and build 25,000 affordable homes; against making investment sooner; against reducing VAT, and against a tax break for small firms taking on extra workers. Show vote
  • On 12 Oct 2011: Michael Gove voted against creating more jobs for young people, funded by bank bonuses, making planned investment sooner, reducing VAT and a tax break for small firms taking on extra workers. Show vote
  • On 28 Jun 2011: Michael Gove was absent for a vote on Value Added Tax (Change of Rate) Order 2011 Show vote
  • On 22 Jun 2011: Michael Gove voted against Labour proposals to reduce the deficit over a longer period, to cut VAT to 17.5%, to repeat the 2010 bank bonus tax, to build 25,000 affordable homes and create 100,000 jobs for young people. Show vote
  • On 20 Jul 2010: Michael Gove voted to support the 2010 Finance Bill which included an increase in VAT from 17.5% to 20% among other measures. Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2010: Michael Gove was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Rate of Value Added Tax Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2010: Michael Gove was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — No Increase in VAT Rate for Charities — rejected Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2010: Michael Gove was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Require Impact Assessments Before VAT Increase — rejected Show vote
  • On 13 Jul 2010: Michael Gove was absent for a vote on Finance Bill — Increase in Rate of Value Added Tax Show vote
  • On 6 Jul 2010: Michael Gove voted to support the 2010 Finance Bill which included an increase in VAT from 17.5% to 20% among other measures. Show vote
  • On 28 Jun 2010: Michael Gove voted to raise VAT to 20% from the 4th of January 2011. Show vote
  • On 17 Dec 2008: Michael Gove voted yes on Reduction of VAT from 17.5% to 15% Show vote

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