Oonagh Magennis, Sinn Féin Councillor for Slieve Gullion has echoed the words of her party colleague, Caoimhe Archibald MLA; warning that changes to the entitlement for red diesel will be another hit to struggling businesses and could potentially put jobs at risk.
“The change to the entitlement won’t reduce emissions, it will increase revenue for the British treasury.
“Many businesses in the quarrying and manufacturing sectors are already struggling with increased costs of materials, this will only worsen the situation and could put jobs at risk.
“Instead of increasing the pressure on businesses, the British chancellor should pause this move and instead engage with the sector to support them in moving away from depending on fossil fuels.
“This would have a more meaningful impact in tackling our emissions and would ensure that it is not the workers who bear the brunt of our transition to net zero carbon.
“I have had numerous queries from local farms and businesses around this legislation and they are voicing their concerns about the lack of support in moving to a more carbon neutral way of operating.
“The British Government must have a real engagement with the sector to ensure that our workers and businesses are protected as much as possible as they transition to being more eco-friendly