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FROM VOLUME 12, NUMBER 3, MARCH 1999

NEWS...
U.K. Energy Tax on Business


Item #d99mar43

On Mar. 9, 1999, according to The Independent, Chancellor Gordon Brown announced plans to tax the business use of gas, electricity, and oil. The 7 billion pounds raised from the tax would be used to help Britain meet its greenhouse-gas-reduction targets in fulfillment of Labour's election pledge to cut global-warming emissions by 2010. Business leaders are expected to oppose the tax because they feel that it will put them at a disadvantage with foreign competitors. At the same time, Brown announced a 6% increase in fuel duties to dissuade commuters from using personal automobiles and to encourage them to use public transport, instead.

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