Gordon Brown re-launched a joint proposal with French President Nicolas Sarkozy for reduced VAT rates on eco-friendly appliances but it failed to gain widespread support at the leaders’ spring council meeting in Brussels.
There\’s a much simpler solution. One you can do on your own (for you can raise VAT rates as you like, it\’s only cutting hem you must have permission for).
Raise the current 7.5% VAT rate for domestic fuel and power consumption to the full 17.5% rate.
After all, if the aim is to cut consumption, which it is, this would be a good green tax, wouldn\’t it?