Press Release – Immediate Friday 8th February 2019
The Executive of the British Aggregates Association (BAA) has reached a settlement with the UK Government in respect of all aspects of the Aggregates Levy litigation in the UK and EU. This announcement was formally made by HM Treasury Exchequer Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP today in a Written Ministerial statement.
“Longstanding litigation on the Aggregates Levy has now been concluded, with the litigation against the Government and the European Commission being withdrawn. The Government remains committed to devolving the Aggregates Levy to the Scottish Parliament following the conclusion of this litigation and is working with the Scottish Government to work out the next steps.
The Aggregates Levy has been largely unchanged since its introduction in 2002. The government will now conduct a comprehensive review of the levy over the next year, working closely with the Scottish Government, and consulting the Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive throughout. The review will be comprehensive, looking at the latest evidence about the objectives of the levy, its effectiveness in meeting that objective, and the design of the levy, including the impact of devolution.
The Terms of Reference for the review will be published in Spring 2019 and an expert working group will be established to inform it. The review will aim to conclude by the end of 2019.”
BAA was formed in 1999 to protect the interests of the UK privately-owned SME aggregate producers and to oppose the government intentions to introduce a highly unpopular and unjustified stealth tax on an already highly regulated industry with internationally renowned environmental credentials. Following introduction of the levy in 2002 we have challenged the government both in the UK and EU through a series of legal claims which were ongoing until today’s agreement with HM Treasury.
BAA Chairman, Paul McManus commented:
“It is entirely due to the efforts of BAA and its members acting on behalf of the overall aggregate industry in Great Britain and Northern Ireland that we have now reached this point. We have finally persuaded HM Treasury of the need for a comprehensive root and branch re-visit and review of the Levy, its design and objectives; and look forward to us being a principal participant in the expert working group”.
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- The Association represents the interest of the SME privately owned independent quarry sector with some 120 members, 60 who own and operate quarries throughout the UK with over 20% of national output from some 300 individual sites.
- We are fully represented with other industry bodies and with local, national and EU government and policy makers