Two-thirds of UK voters support tax rises for action on climate change

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Two in three voters in the UK support tax increases to pay for measures to mitigate the climate crisis, especially new polls Granthshala Have got.

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak is under pressure to avoid a tax hike by Conservative lawmakers skeptical of the government’s net zero plans as he prepares to deliver his budget on Wednesday.

But the idea of ​​raising taxes to deal with the climate emergency has widespread support from the British public, a survey by Sawant Comers has shown.


Some 67 percent of voters said the tax increase in the budget would be “acceptable” if revenues were spent on action to mitigate the effects of climate change. Only 22 percent said they found the idea “unacceptable.”

It came as Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey called for an unexpected tax on gas producers to help pay for the transition to a green economy and provide more support for families grappling with fuel bills.

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“The fossil fuel companies are making it through this gas crisis in a fistfight. The least they can do is pay a little more in taxes to help struggling families survive the winter,” Sir Ed told Granthshala – Unforeseen tax estimates could raise up to £10bn.

He added: “This unexpected tax will raise significant money to save people’s homes, reduce energy bills and protect skilled jobs. If Rishi Sunak is serious about tackling both the climate emergency and the livelihood crisis, he will be able to do this outright.” Will introduce tax.

Boris Johnson claimed Britain could meet its target of net zero emissions by 2050 “without a hair shirt” as he unveiled the government’s net zero strategy earlier this week.

But a separate Treasury report warned that the country was facing new taxes or cuts in public spending to pay for the transition to net zero.

Income from fuel duties and vehicle excise will all but disappear as the UK goes green, Mr Sunak’s department admits – blowing a £37bn black hole in its budget unless “new sources” of revenue are found .

Kate Blagojevic, climate chief at Greenpeace UK, said Savanta Comer’s poll for Granthshala showed that the government “now has a clear public mandate to fix our tax system to help cut emissions”.

She said: “Our current tax system is not well suited to respond to a climate emergency. It gives very mixed signals on green growth, innovation and, in terms of energy tariffs, keeps us tied to climate-destroying gas … Voters Understand this clearly and want change.”

Greenpeace has calculated that an additional £73bn of public investment is needed over the next three years for energy efficient homes and clean transport. But the campaign group said the additional investment would help create 1.8 million jobs.

Ahead of next week’s budget, the campaign group called on Mr Sunak to impose a green levy on gas and repeal the VAT on green goods such as heat pumps and solar panels.

Currently, a green levy is levied on electricity bills, but not on gas, which is a more polluting form of energy. It is believed that the government is considering moving the surcharge from electricity to gas.

Chris Hopkins, associate director of Savanta Comres, said voters could theoretically support spending on action to tackle climate change, but still needed to know how the additional funding would be raised.

“The public will often tell us that they are in favor of tax hikes for noble causes, but when it comes to paying more taxes themselves, support usually falls short,” he said. “The big question for the government and the opposition is what else should be taxed to pay for it?”

Labor has said it would spend an additional £28bn each year to help Britain tackle the climate crisis, saying the money would come from government borrowing.

Conservative MP David Davis said fellow backbench Tories are “sick of tax hikes and green spending”. He claimed: “The government’s hell for the leather of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 threatens to drastically drop the standard of living of our children and grandchildren.”

Meanwhile, the Savanta Comres survey also found high levels of support for a tax hike to boost spending on the NHS and social care, bringing minimum wages and investment “level up” in disadvantaged parts of the country.

Some 76 percent of voters are willing to see an increase in taxes if it means more money for the health and social care sector. Some 75 percent will accept a tax increase to act on lower wages, while 65 percent withhold higher taxes if the money goes to disadvantaged areas.


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