Reduce VAT on diy insulation and double glazing
1. Reduce the rate of VAT charged on insulation for diy installation in residential properties to the lower rate, currently 5%.
2. Reduce the rate of VAT on double glazing installed in residential properties to the lower rate, in line with other home insulation measures.
Why does this idea matter?
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.