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Increases To Business Rates For Solar Power

EDM number 1112 in 2016-17, proposed by Roger Godsiff on 27/03/2017.
Categorised under the topics of Renewable energy, Small businesses and Taxation.

That this House notes with concern the Chancellor of the Exchequer's decision in the Spring Budget 2017 to hugely increase business rates for rooftop solar by up to 800 per cent; further notes that solar power is a clean and sustainable technology which is quick to install, produces no carbon emissions, and has very high rates of public support; notes that solar will be a vital part of a clean energy mix in the transition away from fossil fuels, which is essential to avoid dangerous levels of climate change; notes that some forms of fossil fuel generation do not have to pay business rates, and that the Government provides a huge amount of taxpayer-funded support for oil and gas despite the damage these energy sources inflict on the climate; believes that in order to support the transition away from fossil fuels, it is essential to put in place a regulatory regime which does not financially penalise renewables, including wind, solar and tidal power; notes the huge potential for jobs, growth and investment in the UK that the renewable energy sector offers; calls on the Government to urgently reconsider this huge increase in taxes on solar; and urges the Government to bring in a regulatory regime which supports renewables while phasing out dangerous, dirty and polluting fossil fuels.

This motion has been signed by a total of 20 MPs.

Roger Godsiff27/03/2017Birmingham, Hall GreenLabourProposed
Kelvin Hopkins28/03/2017Luton NorthLabourSeconded
Alan Meale28/03/2017MansfieldLabourSeconded
Jim Shannon28/03/2017StrangfordDUPSeconded
Alasdair McDonnell28/03/2017Belfast SouthSocial Democratic and Labour PartySeconded
David Simpson29/03/2017Upper BannDUPSeconded
Ronnie Campbell29/03/2017Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Mark Durkan29/03/2017FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Steve Rotheram29/03/2017Liverpool, WaltonLabourSigned
Chris Stephens29/03/2017Glasgow South WestScottish National PartySigned
Rachael Maskell30/03/2017York CentralLabour/Co-operativeSigned
Sarah Olney18/04/2017Richmond ParkLiberal DemocratSigned
Margaret Ritchie18/04/2017South DownSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Jim Cunningham19/04/2017Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Gregory Campbell19/04/2017East LondonderryDUPSigned
Tom Elliott19/04/2017Fermanagh and South TyroneUUPSigned
Danny Kinahan19/04/2017South AntrimUUPSigned
Paul Monaghan20/04/2017Caithness, Sutherland and Easter RossScottish National PartySigned
Carol Monaghan25/04/2017Glasgow North WestScottish National PartySigned
Caroline Lucas26/04/2017Brighton, PavilionGreenSigned

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