Stamp Duties: Tax Allowances

Treasury written question – answered on 19th March 2008.

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many claims there have been for stamp duty tax relief for zero-carbon homes since 1 January 2008.

Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle The Exchequer Secretary, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

Of those transactions for which a stamp duty land tax certificate was issued between 1 January 2008 and 29 February 2008, three transactions claimed the stamp duty land tax relief for new zero-carbon homes. No data currently exist for March.

The tax relief is designed to help kick-start the market for new highly efficient technologies in homes, both for the fabric of the building and in the use of microgeneration, and sets a gold standard for green homes.

We expect the number of qualifying transactions to rise as more properties eligible to claim the relief go on the market. For example, in December 2007, the Government announced details of 200 new homes to be built to a zero-carbon standard in Hanham Hall, near Bristol. The media release can be found at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/611694

The Government are committed to conducting an interim review of the relief in 2010 which will examine the effectiveness of the relief in stimulating the innovation necessary to ensure that all new homes are built to a zero-carbon standard from 2016.

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