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Friends of the Earth calls for tax breaks for homeowners

Published: 3 August 2007
Homeowners willing to undertake green diy work to make their properties more energy efficient should be rewarded with tax rebates, says Friends of the Earth.
The environmental group is looking to heap pressure on the government, before the release of its Pre Budget Report in October.

Its Green House campaigner David Timms has called for the Chancellor of the Exchequer to make it 'easier and cheaper' for homeowners to benefit from information provided by Energy Performance Certificates.

Energy Performance Certificates display how energy efficient a home is on a scale of A-G.

The Certificate also indicate, on a scale of A-G, about the impact the home has on the environment.
(source: homeinformationpacks.gov.uk)

According to Mr Timms measures such as Stamp Duty rebates and VAT reductions are necessary to encourage people to make their homes energy efficient.

"If you have work done because, for example, you've got an old boiler, single frame windows, or poor loft insulation and you spend 'x' thousands of pounds to bring it up two points on the index, we believe you should be able to claim 30% or something like that off stamp duty or as a rebate to give you an incentive to do the work," he said.

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