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Is reducing air passenger duty 'environmentally friendly'?
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Is reducing air passenger duty 'environmentally friendly'?
Mar 14, 2016, 14:33

SNP boast and boast about their green credentials, and their drive for a fair and equal society'.


**Stop Climate Chaos Scotland said a cut in APD could lead to a rise in climate emissions of up to 60,000 tonnes of CO2.

Patrick Harvie, from the Scottish Greens, agreed with that assessment

He said: "In light of the latest climate change wake-up call, this is a pretty brazen announcement by the SNP.

"The party is trying to sell its policy with the hope that jobs will trickle down. What Scotland really needs to grow its tourism economy is investment in domestic public transport, decent broadband and a skilled workforce.

"Scottish Greens choose these priorities rather than putting more money in the pockets of a polluting industry and wealthy frequent fliers**

**Scottish Labour's Jackie Baillie said the tax cut would "help the richest few whilst working class families continue to lose out".

She added: "Labour wouldn't make this SNP tax cut for the rich. Instead, we would use the money the government has set aside for the APD cut to help first time buyers save for a deposit.

"Too many young people in Scotland are stuck in a vicious cycle rather than getting on the property ladder.

"They rent to save for a deposit but the rents are so high that they can't afford to save. Under Labour's plans we would effectively double the deposit savings of those looking to buy their first home."**


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