Climate study could lead to lower council tax

Energy conscious property and business owners are invited to take part in a study that could lead to reduced council tax and business rates.

Milton Keynes Council has been allocated grant funding by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to determine whether a pilot of council tax and/or business rate incentives would encourage local people to be more energy efficient. Offering incentives could help Milton Keynes towards its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

The survey will capture attitudes towards green measures including upgrades to loft insultation and smart heating controls.

It’s part of a larger study funded by BEIS to assess if homeowners and business owners are prepared to play a bigger part in becoming energy efficient, and how local authorities can be part of the solution for the climate emergency.

Cabinet member with responsibility for climate change, Councillor Jenny Wilson-Marklew said: “This is an exciting opportunity for you and other residents to influence what incentives there are to help us all live more sustainable lives. Your thoughts will influence the government’s approach in helping councils tackle the climate emergency.”

Submissions are anonymous and the feedback gathered will not be used for any other purpose. To complete the survey, click the links below:

August update

The surveys are now closed for new submissions. The data will be analysed and the summary sent off to BEIS who commissioned the survey.

Thank you everyone who took part. If this project proceeds any new information will be added here as an update.

Last Updated: 6 April 2021