Britain rebuffs calls from oil and gas bosses to amend windfall tax-sources
The British government stood firm on its windfall tax on the oil and gas sector in a meeting with industry executives on Friday, two sources with knowledge of what was discussed said.
Finance Minister Jeremy Hunt rebuffed requests from North Sea oil and gas executives to include a mechanism in the tax to reflect falls in oil and gas prices, although a future revision was not ruled out should prices slump, the sources said.
The government said this would raise funds to help people struggling with increased living costs, largely driven by energy prices that surged after oil and gas exporter Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
The Treasury said in a statement that Hunt highlighted the importance of energy security and pointed to investment incentives that are already part of the EPL as well as the possibility of further meetings with the industry.