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Consumers say no to green taxes

Half of all Brits are not willing to pay more tax to help the environment, according to a new survey by and YouGov.The poll showed that 50 per cent would be unhappy if they were asked to pay extra 'green' taxes to offset damage to the environment.Only 23 per cent of those questioned said they would be prepared to pay more car tax to help combat emissions from vehicles and just a fifth of air travellers said they were happy to pay 'green' taxes on flights.Even among those who professed to care about the environment enthusiasm for 'green' tax was low as most people questioned felt that they already paid too much tax.However, of those questioned, 17 per cent said they would be happy to pay such a tax if it was spent on something they could see the results of close to home - like littering.The rejection of 'green' taxes did not seem to be motivated by a lack of concern about the environment - only five per cent said they were not concerned by environmental issues.David Elms, chief executive of, said: "Tackling green issues is probably high on most consumers' wish lists, yet in reality many are not prepared to reach into their pockets to help contribute to the cause, mainly because they believe they are paying too much tax already."

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