Gordon Browns budget announcement of a series of 'green' measures aimed at protecting the environment both at home and abroad has been deemed a failure and a faint-hearted affair by environmental groups.
The chancellor said that the government is committed to playing a leading role in tackling the global challenges of climate change, whilst promoting an environmentally sustainable transport system and improving local environment.
But Green Party principal speaker Dr Derek Wall said the budget failed to tackle climate change: "It is not prudent to gamble with the climate - Brown's failure to act now on tackling climate change means we will pay later - as the Stern review has shown.
Measures announced in the budget include:
- an increase in fuel duty rates of 2 pence per litre from 1 Octob...