Energy bill crisis: Renewables trade body calls for VAT to be scrapped and green levies moved

The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) has become the latest body to call on the government to scrap VAT and permanently move green levies from energy bills, arguing these measures will help curb household bills as gas prices soar.

Setting out the measures in a ‘six-point plan for tackling the energy cost crisis’ published yesterday, the trade body stressed that green levies on energy bills were integral to driving the clean energy transition, but argued the funds needed to underpin clean power contracts and energy efficiency schemes did not necessarily need to be raised through energy bills.  

“While the investment the ‘green’ levies provide has been crucial for driving the energy transition forward and must be protected, we believe that it would be more appropriately sourced from general taxation,” said REA CEO Dr Nina Skorupska.

The group also argued that to further ease pressure on households

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