The Government could cut stamp duty on house sales where people have made their homes more energy efficient, a minister has suggested.
Claire Perry said the Government is considering reducing stamp duty, dubbed a “tax on moving” by critics, because it could act as an incentive for people to do more to make their homes greener.
Ministers have faced calls in recent months to cut stamp duty “as a matter of urgency” amid concerns that it is impacting the economy and creating social problems by preventing families from moving.
Ms Perry said the Government wants all of the UK’s housing to have at least a Band C energy efficiency rating by 2035 and that ministers are developing measures to make that happen.
When asked whether ministers were looking at reducing stamp duty for people who have improved the energy efficiency of their home, Ms Perry confirmed it was an area under consideration.
She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Yes it is and that would be one of the incentives to do it.
“We also need to look at building regulations and new building regulations to see what more needs to be done there.”