Budget a Positive Step Forward for Our Environment

Publication Date: 22nd November 2017

Subject: CIEH

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has today welcomed measures announced in the Budget, heralding them as a positive step in the right direction to protect our environment.

In line with calls from the CIEH, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond MP, announced a Vehicle Excise Duty increase (VED) for new diesel cars not meeting emissions limits in real driving conditions (Real Driving Emissions Step 2 Standards). This is in conjunction with a rise in the existing Company Car Tax diesel supplement from 3% to 4% from April 2018 for those cars also not meeting the real driving conditions emissions limits.

In a move to address unsustainable plastic consumption, the Chancellor also committed to investigating how the tax system can be used to reduce the amount of single-use plastics waste, building on the success of the existing plastic carrier bag charge.

On air quality, Hammond confirmed that the Government would be supporting the National Air Quality Plan, with £220m for a new Clean Air Fund to help local authorities improve air quality.

Tony Lewis, Head of Policy at CIEH said:

“We are delighted that the Chancellor has looked to address the three areas we raised with government in advance of the Budget.

The decision to increase taxation on diesel is a very welcome one, and an essential step in properly addressing the growing air quality crisis this country faces. However, although positive, the £220M announced for a new Clean Air Fund is a drop in the ocean for struggling local authorities, and we look for government to go much further in this area.

We are also heartened by the acknowledgement from the Chancellor that plastics are an immediate threat to our environment, and we look forward to further announcements from himself and the Environment Secretary on significant steps to reduce unsustainable plastic consumption and clean up our rivers and seas.” 

ENDS

Notes to editors 

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About the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH):   

The CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing more than 9,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved. 

Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities. The CIEH campaigns to ensure that government policy addresses the needs of communities and business in achieving and maintaining improvements to health and health protection.  

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