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Aggie firms seek quarry tax answers

THE GOVERNMENT has been accused of moving the goalposts over the issue of an aggregates tax.

In an open letter delivered to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Deputy Prime Minister yesterday (Wednesday), Quarry Products Association chairman Richard Swinson demanded the government comes clean on its tax plans.

Aggregates firms are angry because the Chancellor's pre-Budget statement called for the QPA to re-think its environmental improvement plan, which it has formulated as an alternative to the tax.

But it has already carried out this exercise once after an identical call in March's Budget.

In the letter, Mr Swinson suggested that the proposed tax would, in effect, be a 'construction tax' because the additional costs would be passed down the line.

He warned: 'How will the government explain to the construction industry the imposition of additional costs of hundreds of millions of pounds at a time when the industry is making strenuous efforts to meet the Egan targets?'