Chancellor goes cold on ‘latte levy’

30th October 2018

Friends of the Earth responds to the Chancellor’s decision not to impose a latte levy in this year’s Budget.

Friends of the Earth plastic campaigner Julian Kirby said:

“It’s astonishing that the Chancellor has gone cold on a ‘latte levy’, just when we needed him to turn up the heat on plastic polluters.

“A tax on virgin plastic packaging would be a welcome step – but if we’re going to stem the huge tide of plastic waste pouring into UK waterways every year, far bolder action is needed.”

Liz Hutchins, director of campaigns at Friends of the Earth, added:

“World scientists warn we are hurtling towards runaway climate chaos, yet the Chancellor has kept oil and gas tax breaks, boosted road-building and frozen fuel duty. Astonishing.”