CIEH reacts to Spring Budget 2017
Publication Date: 8th March 2017
Budget announcement, Debbie Wood, Director of Professional Development for
“Investment to tackle local urban congestion and
pinch-points on roads are welcome but where were the funds to really improve
the UK’s air quality?
“The Chancellor stressed that this budget was about
investing in Britain’s future. But when the moment came, he failed to remove Vehicle
Excise Duty incentives for diesel fuels or introduce a scrappage scheme for
older polluting diesel vehicles. We will look back at this as yet another
opportunity missed by the Government to improve air quality for the benefit of
She added: “Less tax being generated from the sugar tax on soft
drinks is positive news. Producers have clearly got the message that they need
to change their practices and initiatives are spreading as only today, Nestle
announced their chocolate bars will soon contain less sugar.
“There is still much work to do on this front and success
will only be achieved if the Government and industry work together to adopt
more effective mechanisms to support healthier food offers.”
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