Lib Dems seek more local climate policies

Launching the Liberal Democrat’s local elections campaign, Ed Davey has urged for more council involvement in climate policies.

The party’s leader said it was the Lib Dem’s intention for local authorities to be handed around a third of the £150 billion the party has proposed for green projects in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a speech, Davey said that Conservative-run councils had a ‘shockingly poor’ record on climate issues, including over local public transport and recycling schemes. By contrast, he said Liberal Democrat-run councils had ‘always made the environment a top priority’.

The party would ringfence £48 billion from its three-year £150 billion Green Recovery Plan - announced last June - for spending by local councils. The Lib Dems say the plan should fund jobs training in green industries, home insulation, tree-planting schemes and the move towards renewable energy.

Ed Davey also urged ministers to cut taxes on smaller firms to help them recover and said that Employment Allowance - an amount small firms can knock off their annual national insurance bill - should go up from £4,000 to £16,000.

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