Policy Round-up: December 2018

  • 03 Jan 2019
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Happy New Year from your policy team! We hope you’ve had a good break over the festive period, and that like us you’ve come into the new year with renewed vim and vigour, ready to engage with the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

2019 promises to be a busy one for policy. As Westminster gears up for the ‘meaningful vote’ later this month, and Government continues to initiate no-deal contingency planning, we’re continuing our work representing the priorities and concerns of our house members to government departments and working together with our industry partners to plan as far as we can for the scenarios ahead. 

Beyond Brexit-related planning, December saw us heading to Nottingham for a catch up with the team at HMRC’s capital taxes office. HMRC has now agreed that Invitation to View tours can count towards fulfilling houses’ conditional exemption undertakings, provided certain conditions are met. This is a hugely positive breakthrough, and may inspire more houses to join the Invitation to View scheme. If you’re a house member interested in finding out more about taking part in Invitation to View, do contact pat.jacobs@historichouses.org for more information.

The Heritage Alliance’s annual Heritage Day was another highlight of the month, held this year in the Grade I Listed Queen Mary Undercroft at the magnificent Old Royal Naval College. Delegates heard from the Heritage Minister, Michael Ellis, as well as a range of speakers from across the historic environment sector. 
We’ve also been busy engaging with officials in Northern Ireland and Wales over the last month, discussing business rates revaluation and planning respectively, and we look forward to progressing these important conversations.

Last but not least December saw a flurry of consultations published, which will keep us busy drafting for much of January. Our slate will include submissions to consultations on the future of the national heritage list for England, national listed building consent orders, business rates on self-catering accommodation, energy efficiency, the taxation of trusts and the export control process for objects deemed to be ‘national treasures’. 

Emma and Polly, the policy team

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