Lower council tax for energy efficient homes, study suggests
Council tax reductions should be introduced to encourage households to install energy efficiency measures, according to a report.
In its Retrofit Incentives report, the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has said incentives to support energy efficient households – such as reduced council tax or stamp duty for greener homes – could increase demand for retrofit and boost national economic growth.
If council tax were varied in line with the energy efficiency of properties, UKGBC believes between 518,000 and 1.48m additional retrofits could be delivered each year.
With almost no annual direct cost to Government, such a move would contribute up to £4.4bn to GDP each year and create annual carbon savings of between 812,000 and 2.2m tCO².
Last monthGovernment figures revealed lower than expected take up of energy efficiency measures under the Green Deal, with only four households and businesses signing up for improvements in the first four and a half months of the scheme.
Further suggestions by UKGBC to boost Green Deal uptake include the introduction of variable stamp duty and energy efficiency Feed-in-Tariff for households.
Chief executive of the UKGBC, Paul King, said: ‘This sends a powerful message to Government that there are viable policy options available to boost demand for the Green Deal and help tackle the UK’s energy efficiency crisis.
‘There are some tough political choices to be made, not least in using the tax regime to nudge householders into action, but the opportunities for UK Plc are just so great, that this is a nettle which needs to be grasped.’
This must be the craziest idea yet. Who are these people? Have they any idea of how unfair this would be? They just haven't thought it through. Council tax is already the most unfair tax being based on property values and not on ability to pay from income. The green deals are not available to all and cannot be fitted to some properties. Do they have to justify their existance? Not at my expense they don'tChristine Melsom, Added: Monday, 8 July 2013 06:28 PM
|Back||Top of page|