The U.K. Government is considering scrapping a proposed “boiler tax”, which would require homeowners to pay for the replacement of old appliances. The Telegraph has the story.
Boiler makers who miss heat pump installation targets were to be fined from April as part of a Government push to add 600,000 pumps a year by 2028.
But manufacturers have already responded by raising their prices by up to £120 – passing the costs of the scheme to consumers.
No final decision has been made but Claire Coutinho held discussions with her officials in recent weeks about scrapping the boiler tax, the Times reported.
A Government source was quoted by the Times as saying ministers were “looking again at the policy” and accusing boiler manufacturers of imposing “indefensible price hikes”. …
Rishi Sunak had been facing a backbench mutiny from Conservative MPs over the policy, with as many as 50 members of the Net Zero Scrutiny Group having prepared to vote against the Clean Heat Market Mechanism (CHMM) in the Commons.
Craig Mackinlay, the Chairman of the group, had called the levy “another blow to hardworking families”, while Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg, the former Energy Secretary, warned it was an example of “green mania [that] will increase inflation and lower living standards”.