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.
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 Cooper said:
“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:
“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
The Axe Safety Tax campaign video – https://vimeo.com/253250607/dcfac49190
About Gas Tag
Gas Tag is the first single system to have been developed to ensure that the correct work is carried out on gas appliances at the appropriate time, by the right engineers.
As soon as a physical Gas Tag is installed on the gas outlet in a property it tracks all the property’s gas appliances, services and installations – and can only be used by a qualified Gas Safe Registered engineer.
Each engineer is allowed to evidence their competency and their completed job gets uploaded to a centralised portal where the data can be monitored. Illegal gas fitters are unable to access the Gas Tag app and are not able to carry out any work through the Gas Tag portal. www.gastag.co.uk