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Environmental policies in the Budget you may have missed

Peter Kelly
Mar 12, 2020


Chancellor Rishi Sunak has introduced a number of policies in his first budget in a bid to help the UK become even more environmentally friendly. 

Amongst other policies such as: freezing duties on spirits, beer, cider and wine, fuel duty being frozen and the tax threshold for National Insurance Contributions rising from £8,632 to £9,500, the new chancellor has announced a number of measures to make the environment greener. 

In a raft of policies and spending initiatives focused on the environment, Sunak stated the UK was moving towards a low-carbon economy. 

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Plastic reduction has been a key ambition under previous Tory governments and JBoris Johnson's one seems to be no different. Sunak revealed a plastic packaging tax will come into force from April 2022.

Moreover in the battle against companies using plastic products, manufacturers and importers of plastic products which have less than 30% recyclable material will be charged £200 per tonne.

In a bid to help Britain's greenland and natural habitat, a "nature for climate fund" will have a £640million backing in order to protect those natural habitats in England.

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However some environmental campaigners have not been satisfied with the moves Mr. Sunak has made. 

Mike Childs, Friends of the Earth's head of policy, said: "This Budget contains a massive road-building programme which completely destroys any pretence of UK government leadership ahead of this years' crucial climate summit.

"Funding for cleaner cars, EV [electric vehicle] charging, action on plastics and more trees are just a few green sprinklings on a truly awful budget."

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