Treasury promises jam tomorrow on green tax reform

Copious official hints of a wide-ranging green tax reform came to little in the Government's first Budget on 2 July. The benefits of the Chancellor's main environmental measure, an increase in the annual road fuel duty escalator, will be outweighed in the short term by cuts in domestic energy taxes. The Treasury has attempted to fend off criticisms with its firmest promise yet that the tax burden will be shifted from environmental "goods" to "bads".

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