2017 Budget contains 'little positive' on the environmental agenda


Commenting on today’s Budget announcements, EIC’s Executive Director, Matthew Farrow, said:


“Today’s Budget contained little positive on the environmental agenda.  In part this is symptomatic of the divorce within Government between fiscal and environmental policy making, which is a more significant problem than any individual Budget.  So while a bold move on linking VED to air pollution would have been good to see, what we really need is for it to form a properly integrated part of the forthcoming new air quality plan.


“The one aspect of the Budget which was relevant to the environmental industries was the confirmation of the Industrial Strategy related funding.  The Government needs to recognise the potential of the environmental sector to play a key part in the Strategy.”  


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