SNP ‘should reconsider air tax cut’ to tackle climate change

Sarah Boyack criticised the government's air tax plans. Picture: Julie Bull
Sarah Boyack criticised the government's air tax plans. Picture: Julie Bull
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The Scottish Government’s plan to slash air passenger duty (APD) shows it is “full of hot air on climate change”, according to Labour.

The party’s environmental justice spokeswoman, Sarah Boyack, said the SNP administration’s move to cut and then ultimately abolish the tax would see an extra 50,000 greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland every year.

But the Government said it was working with environmental groups in developing legislative proposals.

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Ms Boyack, MSP for the Lothians, said: “This winter in Paris we saw an agreement which has the potential to change the future of our planet for the better. For the first time ever the nations of the world have come together to agree that every single one of them will act to cut carbon pollution.

“In the coming months and years we have a huge amount of work to do to deliver on the promises made in Paris; that means we should all consider doing our own bit to tackle climate change. Yet one of the first things the SNP Government plan to do with the new powers coming to Scotland is to cut air passenger duty, at an initial cost of £125 million.

“Scottish Labour believes that government would be better investing in our communities than on business-class flights, but it will also make the ambitions of Paris all the more difficult to achieve.”