The British Prime Minister Gorden Brown, in his bid to mobilise funds for implementing environment laws and to create a fund to the tune of 1 billion pound sterling package for tackling ‘child poverty’ has proposed to introduce ‘sin taxes’in his first budget, under planning and consideration and going to be introduced soon in a phased manner.
While imposing the said ‘sin taxes’against the Britons, Gorden Brown has also planned to reduce their use of alchohal, cigerettes,gas-guzzling cars and potentially the plastic bags.
The British Prime Minsiter’s idea is two-pronged, While the income mobilised will serve a social cause and aim at environmental protection, the ‘sin taxes’ also in a way redeem the British people from their excessive use of alchohal, cigerette , gas-guzzling cars and to eschew from plastic bags.
The proposed alchohal duties will raise by 6 % above the rate of inflation,meaning 4 pence extra for a pint of beer,13 pence for a bottle of wine and 55 pence for a bottle of whisky.The duties will increase then by 2 % above the rate of inflation in each of the next four years.Cigerettes will be dearer by 11 pence per pocket.The purpose of imposing heavier taxes on gaz-guzzling cars by 2010 is to reduce pollution.The sytsem of introducing tax on plastic bags will commence from next year, which is already imposed in Ireland.
However,Mr.Brown also faces criticism from some quarters, like George Osborne, the opposition conservative, who criticises the system of introducing taxes on gaz-guzzling cars, which serves the large families.