CIEH reacts to Spring Budget 2017

Publication Date: 8th March 2017

Subject: CIEH

Following the Budget announcement, Debbie Wood, Director of Professional Development for CIEH, said: 

“Investment to tackle local urban congestion and pinch-points on roads are welcome but where were the funds to really improve the UK’s air quality?

“The Chancellor stressed that this budget was about investing in Britain’s future. But when the moment came, he failed to remove Vehicle Excise Duty incentives for diesel fuels or introduce a scrappage scheme for older polluting diesel vehicles. We will look back at this as yet another opportunity missed by the Government to improve air quality for the benefit of future generations.”

She added: “Less tax being generated from the sugar tax on soft drinks is positive news. Producers have clearly got the message that they need to change their practices and initiatives are spreading as only today, Nestle announced their chocolate bars will soon contain less sugar.

“There is still much work to do on this front and success will only be achieved if the Government and industry work together to adopt more effective mechanisms to support healthier food offers.”


Notes to editors 

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CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 7,000 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. 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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