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Shale fund demonstrates Government’s desire to win over public

Autumn Statement

3 December 2014

Commenting on the Chancellor’s proposals for the UK shale industry, Roman Webber, partner and head of tax for energy and resources at Deloitte, said:

“The proposed creation of a long-term investment fund for areas affected by the shale gas industry demonstrate the Government’s continuing attempts to win over the British public, many of whom remain extremely wary of shale. By taking the unusual step of ring fencing shale tax receipts for the local areas, the Government is underlining the long-term fiscal benefits that the UK industry could drive. However, it will be some time before we know whether this fledgling industry is economically viable, especially as the oil price continues to fall, making it hard to predict what the potential future value of the UK shale fund will be.”

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