Every family in Britain is paying nearly £800 a year in a ‘dishonest’ green tax grab, a shocking report said last night.
Hard-pressed households are forking out the staggering sum on flights, fuel and for their cars even though it is ‘unnecessary’, said low tax campaigners.
Figures published by the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) suggest hard-working Britons pay £19.6billion a year too much in tax aimed at covering its carbon footprint.
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They said it was ‘unjust’ on families who were being forced to tighten their belts as they struggled to pay the soaring cost of food, energy and home loans.
An analysis of official statistics found that the Government raked in £33billion in ‘green’ taxes in 2007-08 – up from £30.9billion the year earlier.
The levies included fuel duty, vehicle excise duty, landfill tax, climate change levy and the renewables obligation, which is the cost to the taxpayer of power companies generating electricity from environmentally-friendly energy sources.
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Subtracting the £8.8billion spent by the Department of Transport on roads last year gives a total burden of green taxes and charges of £24.2billion.
But the social cost of the UK’s entire output of greenhouse gases which harm the environment was £4.6billion, according to estimates from the highly-respected Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).