Lib Dems set out Green Tax Switch campaign

Party takes to the streets to explain new policies

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Liberal Democrats in Hammersmith & Fulham will be out on the streets on Thursday 26th (by Lyric Square), Saturday 28th (by Hammersmith Broadway) and Sunday 29th October (by Fulham Broadway) giving out leaflets supporting the national Lib Dem Green Tax Switch campaign – shifting taxes to help stop climate change.

Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Catherine Reifen said, “Liberal Democrats want to fundamentally change the way Britain is taxed. We need to switch to green taxes to switch
off climate chaos. Governments currently tax good things, like work. We need to switch to taxing bad things instead, like pollution and carbon emissions."

They are pledging that they will give everyone a green income tax cut, of 2p in the pound, giving the average family an extra £1,000 a year in their pocket as well as scrapping Council Tax. They will then increase green taxes as a share of national income. They say Green taxes have fallen from 3.6 per cent of GDP in 1999 to just 2.9 per cent of GDP in 2005.) The more people switch their behaviour, the more of the tax cut they will save. They will keep fuel duty in line with inflation to ensure there is always an incentive to save fuel. They will abolish Airport Taxes, which tax each passenger, and instead we will tax each plane that takes off on its emissions. This would reward full flights and penalise half empty ones.

Catherine Reifen said, “Green taxes can change our behaviour and safeguard our planet for our children and their children. This is about using taxes in a new way to change behaviour, not to raise money for the Government.”

October 24, 2006