23 Jun 2010 02:06:02
Green groups criticise Budget
George Osborne's emergency Budget has been criticised by green groups for not doing enough to promote the creation of the low carbon economy.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said that measures such as the fair fuel stabiliser and the changes in aviation tax would help boost the UK's green credentials.
Mr Osborne said that the government would explore switching from a per passenger to per plane tax, which the DECC claims would encourage fuller planes.
However, the Budget has come under fire from environment groups which claim the plans do not reflect the government's claim that it will become the "greenest government ever".
Friends of the Earth economy campaigner Simon Bullock said that the government has "failed to take the bold decisions we so urgently need".
Mr Bullock branded the increase on VAT from 17.5 per cent to 20 per cent as "regressive" stating that it should have instead focused on increasing tax on air pollution and banking.
"Britain has the skills and natural resources to create a booming green technology sector that would drive the country's economic recovery - but proper government support is needed to make it flourish," he added.