VAT U-turn call for listed sites

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VAT should not be charged on repairs to listed buildings, a South Yorkshire MP has urged.

Labour shadow culture minister Dan Jarvis, who represents Barnsley Central, says the decision to apply the tax, made in the budget, could jeopardise efforts to conserve historic churches.

Mr Jarvis said proposals to compensate by extending an initiative called the Listed Places of Worship grants scheme, which currently allows some VAT recovery on repairs and maintenance, to cover alterations would not be enough.

He said: This scheme has already been scaled back in recent years, and even at the moment does not allow places of worship to recover all the VAT spent on repairs.

“I am urging the Government to reconsider this.”