Dumfries and Galloway Council (Meetings)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 25th October 2017.

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Photo of Kevin Stewart Kevin Stewart Scottish National Party

I am sure that Ms McAlpine and other members will have heard me in the chamber on a number of occasions calling on the United Kingdom Government to get rid of VAT on repairing houses. That would go a long way towards bringing lots of buildings back into use. It seems a bit of an anomaly that there is no VAT on new build but there is VAT on repairs to existing properties. I hope that at some point the UK Government will listen to what we have said and eradicate that VAT, so that we can bring more properties back into use in Dumfries and other parts of Scotland.