NI needs VAT cut, say builders

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has called for a reduction in the VAT rate for all types of renovations throughout the UK.

The call is to reduce VAT to 5 per cent and also update the building regulations to mandate more energy efficient properties.

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Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of SelfBuild & Improve Your Home magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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