The European Commission has asked the UK to amend its VAT legislation to apply the 20% standard rate rather than the 5% reduced rate to the supply and installation of ‘energy –saving materials’. This anti-green measure emanates from the same organisation that recently suggested that within a generation exposure to tax will be determined primarily by reference to environmental behaviour rather than by reference to levels of income. Those of us who actually approve of the European Union do get rather frustrated when its constituent parts behave in this manner, with consequent likely negative impact on the Green Deal initiative in the UK. Not helping us to save the planet here, Brussels!

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