The coalition’s promise to be the “greenest government ever” is now rather under strain after environmental groups reacted with hostility to Wednesday’s Budget – given that it provided tax relief for motorists and air passengers.
I was surprised that George Osborne, the chancellor, repeated his regular claim that the government would raise the proportion of green taxes on individuals.
Yet this is still a realistic ambition, according to the Institute of Fiscal Studies in its Budget analysis yesterday.
Having said that, the IFS said that while the target was “still on course”, the Budget had put progress back by cutting fuel duty by the equivalent of £2bn a year.
Green groups, which welcomed the commitment of £3bn of capital towards the Green Investment Bank, were disappointed that the