Chancellor’s Autumn Budget: Suggested Measures from the UK Paper Industry

The Director General of the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI), Andrew Large, has written to the Chancellor outlining some key recommendations for the forthcoming Budget scheduled for 29 October.

Andrew highlighted that making paper is energy intensive, and notwithstanding huge improvements in efficiency and some support from Government, quickly increasing energy prices and a number of other policies are an anchor on sector growth.

Commenting on the approach, Andrew Large said: ‘Our submission is focused on the damaging effect of current UK energy taxation and other Government policies.  With the right support and regulatory framework, the paper sector can make a huge contribution to rebalancing the economy.’

In particular, CPI made the following suggestions:

  • The proposed increase of CCL taxation for gas should be scrapped.
  • The Carbon Price Floor has achieved its target to phase out coal from the UK power network and so it should be cancelled.
  • The long-term future Climate Change Agreements should be confirmed and the future of Carbon Trading resolved.
  • Industrial generation should be helped through a meaningful support policy for Combined Heat & Power Plant.
  • Energy Efficiency should be a priority for Government with direct support to industry to help deliver.
  • The Apprentice Levy should be restructured to better support both industry and trainees.
  • Any tax on single use plastics should not be extended to cover laminated products as industry initiatives are already increasing recycling rates.

ENDS

For further information and/or an interview with CPI’s Director General, please contact Mike Dobson, Director of Public Affairs at CPI – Tel: 01793 889612 or email

About CPI

The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) is the leading trade association representing the UK’s Paper-based Industries, comprising paper and board manufacturers and converters, corrugated packaging producers, makers of soft tissue papers, and collectors of paper for recycling.

CPI represents an industry with an aggregate annual turnover of £11.5 billion, with 56,000 direct and a further 86,000 indirect employees.

For facts on the UK’s Paper-based Industries please visit: www.paper.org.uk

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