HARTLEBURY BRICK JOBS DEPEND ON BUDGET DECISION
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HARTLEBURY BRICK JOBS DEPEND ON BUDGET DECISION

Confirmation that brick-making will be included in the exemptions from the climate change levy is being sought by Hartlebury’s MP, Peter Luff.


In last month’s Budget the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the Government will introduce exemptions from the climate change levy to support the ceramics sector.

The brick-making company Weinerberger (formerly known as Baggeridge Brick) is a major employer in Hartlebury and has lobbied Peter regularly over the impact of climate change taxes on local jobs. Peter commented,

“High taxes on making bricks risk displacing production to other countries and so damaging the local economy without helping the climate at all.”

In a Parliamentary Question Peter asked if brick-making is included in the Chancellors’ exemption. The Treasury minister, fellow Worcestershire MP Sajid Javid, responded:

“Budget 2013 announced that the Government will introduce exemptions from the climate change levy for energy used in metallurgical and mineralogical processes from 1 April 2014.

“The Government is working closely with industry to determine the appropriate scope and design of this relief, including which processes should be covered.”

Commenting Peter Luff explained:

“I am very pleased that the Government has recognised the possible impact of climate change taxes on our international competitiveness. But it’s not yet clear to me that brick-making is included in this exemption and it should be. What’s good enough for the potteries is good enough for the brick makers.

“The Wienerberger factory in Hartlebury employs many local people and makes an important contribution to the local economy. I know this exemption would go a long way in helping the business to compete without setting back our work to halt man-made climate change. Better by far that bricks are made in the UK than imported.

“I will continue to argue for the exemption to include bricks – it’s the only logical outcome.”

ENDS


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