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Saturday, 5 March 2011

Lib Dem Budget: Car Parking Charges

Following my earlier post, I thought it might be interesting to examine some of the Liberal Democrat budget amendments to see how they stack up.  One interesting one is to lower CPZ permit charges so that no extra revenue is generated, leaving the Council short of £1.1 million compared to the Labour budget. 

I am interested in this because it shows an approach focused purely on budget numbers and not interested in the actual policy.  The Lib Dems simply ignored the whole logic of our changes, to have CPZ permits based on emissions, and simply went for a populist message of lower cost.  I find it hard to understand how they could keep the charge level at £50 (where it has now been for more than a decade), and still have a big differential between high and low polluting vehilces, so I take it they also want a flat rate _ destroying any credibility they might claim to promote green objectives.

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