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Celebrities are supporting a campaign to axe VAT on safety products for landlords, including gas safety checks, fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, fire doors and fire extinguishers.

Midge Ure, alongside former Liverpool and England footballer Jamie Carragher and West End actress Carley Stenson, is among stars backing a campaign to abolish VAT on safety products in properties. They are supporting the Axe Safety Tax campaign, launched by technology software company Gas Tag. This could help agents and landlords in making sure that rental properties are compliant.

This is especially important for landlords as they can face fines and even imprisonment for failing to conduct gas safety checks and not providing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms or ensuring furniture is fire-safe.

A petition has been set up on the Parliament website, which has attracted around 300 signatures so far.