Thousands of individuals and heritage organisations are campaigning to overturn the Budget proposal to withdraw the current zero rate of VAT on approved alterations to listed buildings. Through this tax, the Treasury hopes to extract from our heritage £85m in 2013-14, rising to £125m in 2016-17.
The Heritage Alliance is seeking to stop this raid, which will prevent many listed buildings finding a viable future. An exemption for listed places of worship is not enough - we are calling on Government to withdraw this proposal completely.
Heritage Alliance have published a new campaign page to make the most of the short time scale of the consultation, which closes on 4 May. That’s only 8 days left to make your views known!
We need your help to mobilise the public through your networks, and to identify strong case studies for use in our media work.
Please encourage your networks to
Write to your MP – not a long essay, just a short comment on the impact it will have (see our statement attached for assistance), possibly seeking a proper 12 week consultation (as per the Government’s consultation guidelines) for such an important issue.
Sign the e-petition here: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/32056 we need several more thousand to make an impact.
Respond to the consultation here – not on the formal questions regarding implementation, but on the principle of the change.
If you know of any examples of listed community buildings - such as village halls, or community centres - whose projects may be affected by this change, please let us know. They are getting calls every day from journalists eager to report on such examples of heritage at risk.
If you have any questions, or would like any further background material, do get in touch. Thank you so much for your support.