The UK needs to be more energy-efficient, and the previous government has rightly introduced tax incentives for insulating residential property, such as charging a lower rate of VAT on certain types of insulation.
Currently, if I pay a contractor to supply and install roof insulation or internal wall insulation, the contractor can charge me VAT at just 5% on both the installation and the materials. Bizarrely, if I want to install insulation myself to save money, I have to pay the full standard VAT rate on the insulation. This anomaly should be removed. Also, installing double glazing is an important part of making many homes energy-efficient, and should attract the lower rate of VAT like other insulation projects.