- Getting Started
- Free Resources
- Module 01 - Church Check-up
- Module 02 - Greening worship
- Module 03 - Theology and Environment
- Module 04 - Children and Creation Care
- Module 05 - Young People and Environmental issues
- Module 06 - Resources for small groups
- Module 07 - Greening the church building
- Module 08 - Greening church spending
- Module 09 - Churchyard conservation
- Module 10 - Lifestyle Issues
- Module 11 - Community Matters
- Module 12 - Global neighbours
- Module 13 - Manage your carbon footprint
- Local groups
- Our Story
Threat to reduced rate VAT
Shrinking the Footprint has issued the following briefing which will be of interest to any churches currently in receipt of reduced rate VAT or contemplating taking advantage of it.
"Help fight the removal of reduced rate VAT on church energy saving measures
In this year's budget the Government suggested a removal of reduced rate VAT on Energy Saving Materials (such as heat pumps, themostat controls, insulation and solar panels) on charitable buildings in 2013 (probably 1st August). The EU has now told the Government to remove reduced rate VAT on Energy Saving Materials on all buildings but this is being challenged - see the HMRC briefing at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/briefs/vat/brief2612.htm.
However the reduced rate on charitable buildings looks likely to be conceded. HMRC are consulting until 20th October - for details see the bottom of the HMRC briefing page quoted above. Please try and respond and encourage others. It is important to show that we care about the damage this does to the congregations trying to green their church buildings.
Shrinking the Footprint has signed a joint letter (copy at: http://www.churchcare.co.uk/images/oliver_letwin_letter.pdf) objecting to the EU ruling and are working to be heard but we need your help to show that this reduced rate on charitable buildings is worth keeping"