Building Safety Levy proposed for Scotland

The Scottish government has secured powers from Westminster to introduce a tax to fix unsafe cladding in the country.

The proposed measures mirror the Building Safety Levy introduced by the Building Safety Act 2022 in England, which aims to raise an estimated £5bn from developers responsible for unsafe buildings to fix them.

Funds raised through the levy would support the Scottish government's cladding remediation programme. The Scottish Building Safety Levy would also tax developers to raise funds to help remediate building safety issues. It would apply to the construction of new residential buildings.

The UK government will now legislate to devolve the necessary powers to the Scottish Parliament to introduce the levy.

Details of its operation will be developed through consultation and engagement with the UK government and the housebuilding sector.

Deputy First Minister and Finance Secretary, Shona Robison, said:

I know that developers share this determination and have made significant progress to date. 

However, it is clear more needs to be done and these powers will ensure that developers make a fair contribution to address building safety defects in Scotland, just as the UK government is asking them to do in England. I welcome the UK government’s collaborative approach on this issue. 

It is important that we also continue working side by side with developers. To that end, and in line with our New Deal for Business and Framework for Tax, we will now liaise with the sector to ensure this levy best contributes to our mission of keeping people safe.

This article first appeared on Construction Manager 

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