Wed 11 Mar, 2020

This is a government unable to break its addiction to roadbuilding or its devotion to lobbyists Patrick Harvie

Scottish Greens have described the UK budget as “dangerous” after the chancellor announced large investments into road expansions and freezing the fuel duty.

The party’s finance spokesperson and co-leader Patrick Harvie said: "This is a dangerous budget from a UK Government which puts deregulated economic growth over people and planet.

“Much more should have been done to protect those with insecure pay and rent from coronavirus disruption, and there were no serious proposals to tackle the climate emergency.

“Splashing £27bn on major road expansions and maintaining the £11bn-a-year freeze on fuel duty that has driven up transport emissions, this is a government unable to break its addiction to roadbuilding or its devotion to lobbyists.

“The Chancellor said he was ‘mindful of the environment’, but it’s clear this government is nothing of the sort. Westminster is investing in the problem, rather than the solution, and the Scottish Government must not do the same with the £640m extra consequentials coming to Scotland. That means ministers following the advice of their own infrastructure commission and investing in low carbon alternatives.”

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