UK "going backwards" on green tax reform

Britain's 2002-3 budget unveiled last week shows finance minister Gordon Brown has "lost his nerve and sense of direction" on ecological tax reform, NGO Friends of the Earth (FoE) claimed yesterday. In a letter to the Financial Times newspaper, Tim Jenkins of FoE said that a rise in employment taxes had "wiped out in one go all the previous small cuts paid for by the climate change levy, aggregates levy and...landfill tax". Meanwhile, freezing road fuel duty would reduce CO2 savings by 0.1m tonnes of carbon per year to 2010. See letter.

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