The journalistic research by Paul Finch does not seem to match the scope for VAT change as set out in the link below. Its therefore just opinion, but as per his comments on procurement - it seems it's far easier to blame the EU, something thats all too common.
Chris Medland is absolutely right. VAT in particular has a damaging impact on the finacial viability of re-using old buildings and should be addressed urgently. It is nonsense that there is a fiancial incentive to demolish. Lets level the playing field, and then use VAT to incentivise more sustainable construction. How is described here: - https://projectcompass.co.uk/index.php/2019/07/26/vat-reform-would-promote-co2-emissions-reductions-so-why-the-delay/ .
As the full text of this call to the RIBA doesn’t yet appear to have been uploaded, you can find it here:
On LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/walter-menteth_riba-rias-arb-activity-6583340146027036672-RjGP
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/WalterMenteth/status/1177565882781970432?s=20
Its important to practice what we preach - well done
If needs be I would be happy to gently help with your legal costs, as I'm sure many other architects would be. Perhaps AJ can disseminate this call or a way to contact you to do this. I'm sure there are many who also feel strongly about the need to take decisive action & AJ's Grenfell call did well. Best wishes