Robert Bowles Posted May 5, 2006 Share Posted May 5, 2006 Now there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel as far as the EU directives on lead are concerned what’s the next issue going to be? Here’s my suggestion. In his budget speech the Chancellor said “On VAT, I will continue to help churches and faith groups by refunding Value Added Tax paid on renovation of church buildings, monuments and other sacred places.” But it seems the scheme is being extended as well as renewed, On the website for the scheme http://www.lpwscheme.org.uk/ we read that “Officials in DCMS are currently reviewing the eligibility criteria for the scheme and further information will be available as soon as possible” Elsewhere it is reported that examples of what the extension will cover include professional fees, bells and organs. I sense another minefield when it comes to defining “renovation” and “organs”. Is tuning “renovation?” Perhaps it’s “maintenance” (not eligible?) But if the organ builder is called in to fix that dodgy pneumatic motor, that would be “repair” - and what if he/she does a bit of tuning while he’s at it… Does that mean two accounts?? Will it cover work to electronic “organs” ? Perhaps not if they are on wheels with a three pin plug - that’s furniture. Perhaps so if you take the wheels off, screw it to the floor and hard-wire it into a spur outlet it becomes a fixture/fitting. On the face of it there would be no test of the worthiness of the instrument – so it would just depend on whether the church it stood in was listed. That seems a bit unfair on unlisted churches who are the custodians of instruments that would qualify for a BIOS Historic Organs Certificate.. Does anyone know how the DCMS officials are getting on? I wonder if they need some help… Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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