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+ Appendix: Carbon Penalties & Incentives - A review of policy effectiveness for carbon reduction and energy efficiency in the commercial buildings sector

Appendix to the 2014 report, Carbon Penalties & Incentives.

18 Jun 2014

+ VAT: Application to student accommodation - Changes in 2014

This briefing paper summarises HMRC’s 2014 announcements on how VAT is charged on purpose built student accommodation, and considers some implications for private sector operators. It was compiled by Martin Scammell for the BPF Student Accommodation Committee.

16 Jun 2014

+ BPF response to 'How to improve access to rented housing for the under 35s'

Our response to the APPG on the Private Rented Sector argues that encouraging institutional investment into the Build to Rent sector is the best way to ensure young people have long-term access to housing.

9 Jun 2014

+ BPF-BCSC response to 'Administration of business rates in England'

Our joint response to Government's administrative review of business rates calls for more frequent revaluations (with a reduced antecedent period), the abolition of the RPI ‘escalator’, and the restitution of empty rates relief, and more broadly urges a bigger, fundamental review of business rate

6 Jun 2014

+ BPF briefing on the Infrastructure Bill

This briefing summarises some of the key aspects of the Infrastructure Bill following its introduction into the House of Lords. The Bill has since made its passage through Parliament with amendments and received Royal Assent on 12 February 2015.

6 Jun 2014

+ BPF response to 'Consultation on replacement of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007'

Our response to the Health and Safety Executive's consultation, setting out our views on their proposals to replace the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.

6 Jun 2014

+ BPF response to 'VAT treatment of services connected with immovable property'

Our response to the European Commission's consultation highlights the issues in determining the VAT treatment of supplies connected with immovable property, and sets out the main areas that would benefit from the additional certainty.

23 May 2014

+ BPF response to 'The Future of the Energy Company Obligation'

Our response to DECC's consultation considering the future of ECO strongly opposes any reduction in the ambition of the Energy Company Obligation or the Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation, arguing that it would put more people at risk of fuel poverty.

16 Apr 2014

+ BPF response to 'Strengthening the regulatory regime and fee structure for insolvency practitioners’

Our response to the Insolvency Service's review first addresses their proposals around strengthening the regulatory framework of the insolvency practitioner industry, and separately comments on the fees system generally.

28 Mar 2014

+ BPF response to 'A review of conditions in the private rented sector'

This consultation response covers our views on the Tenant's Charter, raising tenant awareness, Section 21 notices, mandatory smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, landlord licensing, and the HHSRS.

28 Mar 2014
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