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Environmental Group Urges Darling to Use Budget For Green Be

An environmental group has called on the chancellor Alistair Darling to use the Budget to outline green benefits.

The charity Friends of the Earth urged Mr Darling to make it "cheaper and easier for people to save energy" and also encouraged the chancellor to boost green industry.

According to the group, the formation of a 'Green Bank' would go someway to achieving the environmental changes by providing "direct investment and loans for energy saving schemes and renewable energy projects".

The charity has also called for a 'Robin Hood Tax' to be imposed on trade conducted by financial institutions in sterling. It claims that this would raise £3 billion a year which could be spent on tackling climate change and poverty.

Andy Atkins, Friends of the Earth's executive director, commented: "The development of a greener economy will create a stronger, cleaner and safer future for us all - Alistair Darling must lay the foundations for this in the Budget."

Earlier this month the government announced plans to increase investment in marine energy in the UK.

Lord Hunt, minister of state for energy, launched an action plan to help the UK get the most from the renewable energy source.

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