Axe Safety Tax campaign

Axe Safety Tax campaign

A campaign launches to get the Government to abolish VAT on fire safety products for the home

it's imperative we all install fire/smoke alarms

The Government is being urged to reduce the price of home fire safety products such as smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors by dropping the 20 per cent VAT rate on them. The Axe Safety Tax initiative has wide support among MPs and celebrities including former England footballer Robbie Fowler and singer Midge Ure. If you care about the issue you can sign an online petition to have the issue debated in Parliament.

The Axe Safety Tax campaign has been launched by Paul Durose of safety tech company Gas Tag. He was prompted to act after seeing data that shows:

*Some 1.5 million residential homes in England do not have a smoke alarm

* More than 4,000 people are year are hospitalised because they've suffered carbon monoxide poisoning

* Low income families are most at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning because they frequently lack funds to have their gas appliances regularly serviced and repaired.

* Some 2,500 fires start in homes in England because of faulty electrical products

Durose argues that more people will be able to buy and install fire safety products in their homes if the VAT is waived. 'At a time when safety in the home is so high on the political agenda, it's a disgrace that safety products are taxed as if they were luxury items. In sharp contrast, annual MOT inspections which are also intended to save lives, are zero-rated,' he says. 

See the Vimeo video 

 
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