West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper
has given her support to a campaign to make Britain’s homes safer. The Axe Safety Tax initiative seeks to abolish VAT on all safety products and services that go into UK homes.
20% tax is inappropriate for home safety
The Government is being urged to scrap the 20% tax on a range of products including fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, gas safety checks, fire doors and fire extinguishers.
MP Rosie says “I am delighted to be supporting the Axe Safety Tax campaign. Safety in the home is rightly at the top of the political and public agenda and scrapping VAT on safety products would be a high profile demonstration of its importance.
“It is totally inappropriate that safety products in the home are taxed as if they are luxury items. It is vital that no barriers are put in the way of helping people to make their homes as safe as possible”.
Technology company, Gas Tag, which has developed innovative products to ensure safety and compliance, is the driving force behind the Axe Safety Tax campaign. Several leading housing associations are also backing the initiative. The VAT raised annually on safety products and inspections across the social housing sector is in excess of £200million.
Other supporters include well-known celebrities including the singer Midge Ure, former England footballer Robbie Fowler and TV personality Paddy McGuinness.
Gas Tag co-founder Paul Durose
says “We are delighted that Rosie Cooper MP is throwing her support behind the Axe Safety Tax campaign. We have received fantastic support to date, but it is vital that as many people as possible sign the online petition and encourage their colleagues, friends and family to show their support via social media”.
To sign the online petition to force a debate in Parliament visit – https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/209347