You keep telling us that fuel costs will keep rising so everyone will
want, indeed be forced, to super-insulate. Add a tax onto energy
inefficiency and they will not be able afford neither sufficient energy
nor to improve insulation.
Then add in how this could be assessed fairly?
Crackpot idea. No wonder you are hailing it.
Did you read any of the comments?
"These 'green fascists' as you refer to them are not environmentalists.
The UK-GBC is a charity (and it is charity calling it a charity) founded
by a consortium of banks and building trades organisations in Britain."
"So the fuel poor homes would be taxed more. Makes a lot of sense. Pour
it on the poor and the middle classes. Wonderful idea!
And how many homes are rented instead of purchased? Many - perhaps 1/2?
And those renters, whilst not responsible for the energy ratings of
their homes and in no position to pay for modifications, are
nevertheless responsible for paying the council taxes. Yes, brilliant idea."
Obviously not reading beyond the headline...
On Sunday, 4 August 2013 08:39:48 UTC+1, polygonum wrote:
Yep same old story you'#d think they'd tax peole more for using more power in homes with heated swimming pools or large statley type home's with original features.
Best thing top do would be to charge more for people that use more, but that might affect the rich and we can;t hgave them paying more can we.
I can see the arguments against it, but I continue to believe that we
should get a Council Tax rebate for not paving over the lawn, having
I reckon 1% per tree, 0.5% for a hedge and so on.
A genuine green incentive, and it would save our family a fortune..
Oh, come on, have you no soul? Is life just about money?
If I tidied up a bit, I'd help provide a green and pleasant land.
I'm also helping to provide the air that they breathe while capturing
tons of carbon. And the wind doesn't have to blow for it to work.
On Sun, 04 Aug 2013 08:34:16 +0100, polygonum wrote:
Quite give (reduction in council tax) with one hand take (high
interest rates on the Green Deal loan) with the other.
HMG seem to be very good at generating these "poverty trap" schemes.
Last financial year our *household* income went a few hundred quid
above the NHS Tax Credit Exemption limit. We are both on 4 weekly
prescriptions which we will now have to pay for at 13 x 2 x 7.85 £204.10. The prescription pre-payment isn't any use as you have need
at least 14 prescriptions/year and is based on each *individuals*
prescription requirement *not* the households.
And the slightly higher earnings will reduce/eliminate Child/Working
Tax Credits as well. Essentially I work more, earn more but see no
overall increase in my standard of living, if anything it gets worse.
No incentive to get out there and find work at all.
If they want this scheme to work or the Green Deal they need to show
that people will have money in their pockets now. I'm not surprised
that the Green Deal hasn't been taken up. Any, not guaranteed,
savings are taken straight back by paying off the loan. Then there is
the uncertainty of the effect a GD loan on a property will have on
it's sale value.
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