UK drugs policy
[Re: Failing UK drugs policy should take a leaf from Uruguay and Portugal, Thursday]
We need to stop this foolish and unwinnable war against cannabis. Independent research has shown that a tax and regulate policy would produce a large net gain for the UK economy, while saving millions of pounds from the policing budget. Further, if we had a properly regulated system of production and supply, we’d have no more illegal and dangerous cannabis farms causing fires and blighting communities. The rest of the world is leaving Britain behind on this issue.
The chancellor’s confirmation of a rise in Air Passenger Duty (APD) came as a bitter disappointment to UK businesses. As chambers of commerce, we represent thousands of firms across all parts of the UK. Our members frequently tell us about the damaging impact of APD on their business operations. The UK levies the highest air passenger tax in the world – costing more than £180 per passenger on some long-haul flights. The UK’s exorbitant rates of APD serve to undermine the idea that Britain is open for business. We hope the chancellor rethinks his plans.
A Fair Tax on Flying Campaign, signed by six UK Chambers of Commerce
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