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Budget 2020 – Friends of the Earth reaction

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Reacting to the Chancellor’s Budget, Friends of the Earth’s head of policy, Mike Childs, said:

“This Budget contains a massive road-building programme which completely destroys any pretence of UK government leadership ahead of this years’ crucial climate summit. 

“Funding for cleaner cars, EV charging, action on plastics and more trees are just a few green sprinklings on a truly awful budget.

“By freezing fuel duty yet again, and promising 4000 miles of new roads, the Chancellor has shown that his priorities are not the environment.

“This Budget will wreck the countryside with new roads, leave Britain choking on filthy air, and further fuel the climate crisis. 

“When it comes to fixing our broken planet, this Chancellor certainly isn’t getting it done.”


For more information contact the Friends of the Earth press office on 020 7566 1649 / 07718 394786 (out of hours – please do not text this number) or by emailing

Notes to editors:
1. Friends of the Earth wanted the Chancellor to introduce a range of green policies including the reinstatement the fuel duty escalator, funnelling billions of pounds into cycling, buses, trams and trains, and introducing a nationwide in energy efficiency programme. 
2. Research shows that new roads increase traffic and don’t address congestion. 
3. Friends of the Earth is an international community dedicated to the protection of the natural world and the wellbeing of everyone in it. We bring together more than two million people in 75 countries, combining people power all over the world to transform local actions into global impact. For more information visit: follow us at @friends_earth, or like our Facebook page.

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