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The green tax con: Climate change levies are swallowed up by Treasury

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DAVID DERBYSHIRE
UK Daily Mail
July 7, 2011

Millions of people believe soaring green taxes are simply an excuse to take more money from their pockets, MPs say.

In a hard-hitting report they warned that environmental levies – supposedly there to help the planet – are badly tarnished.

They called on the Government to ‘put its money where its mouth is’ and use receipts from fuel and aircraft duties to improve public transport rather than just fill Treasury coffers.

The Environmental Audit Committee also urged ministers to restore the public’s trust by using green taxes more carefully and more openly.

The report came just days after official figures showed that green taxes topped more than £40billion for the first time last year. Most fell on motorists, who paid a highest-ever amount of £27billion in fuel duties.

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