Village Halls: Construction

Treasury written question – answered on 1st September 2020.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has change the rate of VAT applied to the construction of new village halls.

Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to change the rate of VAT applied to the conversion for a housing association of a non-residential building into a communal residential building.

Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to change the rate of VAT applied to domestic alterations to suit the condition of a resident with disabilities.

Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to change the rate of VAT applied to first time gas and electricity connections.

Photo of Wes Streeting Wes Streeting Shadow Exchequer Secretary (Treasury)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to change the rate of VAT applied to the renovation or alteration of empty residential premises.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

Consumers already benefit from a reduced VAT rate of 5 per cent on residential construction under certain conditions. This includes conversions of buildings from one use to another, and the renovation of properties that have been empty for two years or more prior to the renovation work.

Going further would be very expensive: reducing VAT on all property renovation, repairs and improvements would cost the Exchequer approximately £6 billion per year. Although all taxes are kept under review, the Government has no plans to change the VAT treatment of construction at this time.

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