By law all repairs to a Listed Building have to be carried out in the appropriate traditional manner. This is almost inevitably many times more expensive than using modern methods and materials. By law I have to pay very high bills which can be unaffordable for many people – PLUS – I then have to pay VAT on top of a highly inflated repair bill because I have had to use the most expensive traditional methods.
It is unjust. It is hard enough to have to pay say three times modern costs without having to pay three times the VAT as well.
There are many pensioners who live in houses which are Listed – mine is Grade II Listed. The country should be grateful for home-owners preserving these buildings, they are our heritage. It is unjust to penalise them with extra heavy VAT. No VAT on Listed Building repairs!
Why is this idea important?
It is important to protect our Listed Buildings. Large, dramatic buildings will always attract public financial support but I am particularly concerned about the owners of smaller buildings which are their own homes.
The country needs our Conservation areas and Listed buildings – houses and cottages. They are our heritage – tourists flock to see them from all over the world. The country should support them and not penalise the owners.
We – the owners and caretakers of Listed homes – feel great responsibility and pride in our homes. We struggle to pay things like £30.000 roof repair bills where a modern roof bill would cost less than £10,000. VAT on £30,000 is £6,000. VAT on 10,000 is £2,000. Therefore the Listed Building home-owner pays an extra £4,000 in tax which is UNJUST.