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Posted: April 16, 2012

“Conservatory tax” measures likely to be abandoned

Plans to bring in a “conservatory tax” will be vetoed by Conservative government ministers, according to an inside source.

Citing “an attack on inspiration”, the Whitehall insider said there is little support for the plans which would see homeowners fork out hundreds more on their conservatories due to mandatory energy efficiency installations.

Such energy measures, according to the Mail Online, include forcing homeowners to install loft and wall installation or draught-proofing. The rules would apply every time a homeowner wants to build a conservatory, replace a broken boiler or install new windows.

In addition, council permission would need to be sought for any of the above installations.

Confirming the backlash against the Liberal Democrat-inspired plans, Telegraph.co.uk quotes the Tory insider as saying: “We are absolutely not going to have a conservatory tax. It is an attack on aspiration and we want nothing to do with it. It will be blocked.”

Swathes of Conservative ministers have now come out in opposition to the proposals; making it more likely that the consultation will be thwarted in favour of homeowners. Beneficially this means that budding conservatory owners will have more to spend on the aesthetics of their new room, like conservatory blinds, rather than energy efficiency measures.

Tory MP Stewart Jackson said that the government should be supporting “aspirational families who want to better themselves and improve their homes, not clobbering them.”

Fellow Conservative minister Mark Pritchard meanwhile described the proposals as “a tax on one of the UK’s favourite hobbies – DIY.”

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