Before the General Election, there was an idea being thrown around that houses which didn’t install home improvements to improve their homes energy efficiency would be penalised in higher council tax rises.

This seems to have been put on the back burner, which is a shame because it would have provided a big boost for the window and door industry.

One thing which I still believe we shouldn’t be giving up on is a reduced VAT rate for energy efficient windows, mainly A rated ones now that C rated has become the minimum. A 0% VAT rate for A rated windows when the Government is cutting left right and centre is now out of the question. But a 5% VAT rate I still believe is possible. If they can do it for other such home improvement products there is no argument for not being able to do it for windows.