Boris Johnson’s plans to cut fuel duty for the first time in almost a decade have not been signed off by key ministers amid cost concerns. Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s most senior aide, has been pushing for the government to slash the tax, The Times has been told. It was reported at the weekend that Mr Johnson wants to go ahead with a cut. The policy would form part of an emergency budget by Sajid Javid, which could take place in the fortnight before Britain leaves the European Union. But the cabinet, including the chancellor and Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, have yet to sign off on the plans and ministers are understood to have significant concerns about the cost of the policy. One government source said: “It definitely has not been agreed, it would be exceptionally expensive. No 10 loves the idea of cutting fuel duty but in the event of a no-deal Brexit people might not actually see the benefit because rising fuel prices will offset the cuts.”
Times 26th Aug 2019 read more »
Scotland is firmly on the global energy map, particularly for its significant and long-standing contribution to the world’s oil and gas industry. In this country alone, the sector continues to play a critical role in energy production and employment and is a substantial part of the socioeconomic fabric of Scotland. Having weathered the downturn and now navigating the path back through a slow but sure upturn, the Scottish oil and gas industry remains resilient, robust and competitive on the international stage. But one element of the industry requires particular care and attention as the sector gets back on its feet: the oil and gas supply chain. It is without question one of the major working operations in the country’s energy industry, but in a climate where there’s an ever-increasing move towards low-carbon and targets are being set, which, in global terms, Scotland is meeting faster than many countries, questions are being raised over its long-term future. While it’s no cause for immediate alarm, due to the fact the UK as a whole still remains three-quarters reliant on hydrocarbons for heat, transport and other prime energy needs, with oil and gas production actually rising in Scotland, there is a clear need to diversify the traditional oil and gas supply chain.
Scotsman 26th Aug 2019 read more »
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