Government fails to block aggregates levy appeals

The British Aggregates Association has cleared two judicial hurdles with the latest decision in a 14-year dispute on the aggregates levy

The levy was designed to encourage the use of recycled material and reduce waste by taxing virgin aggregates. Photograph: Bogdan Mircea Hoda/123RFTwo challenges to appeals against exemptions to the UK’s aggregates levy have been successfully overcome by a trade body.

The British Aggregates Association (BAA), which has opposed the tax since its introduction in 2002, announced on 24 November that challenges on admissibility, made by the European Commission and supported by the UK government, had been thrown out at the Court of Justice of the EU.

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