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Scottish Budget needs to improve health and climate

Published 04 February 2015 by Colin Howden

Transform Scotland has called for the Scottish Budget to make greater provision for active travel and cutting climate emissions from transport. The demand comes as the Scottish Parliament holds its final debate on the draft Scottish Budget for 2015-16.

Transform Scotland has circulated a parliamentary briefing to all Members of the Scottish Parliament, highlighting the following key points:

  • This year’s Budget is bad for sustainable transport: it continues a rapid increase in spending on roads and aviation at the expense of investment in public transport and active travel (walking and cycling).
  • Investment in the most healthy and sustainable forms of transport, walking and cycling, remains unacceptably low.
  • The Parliament’s transport committee has drawn attention to the failure of this year’s Budget to focus on measures to cut climate change emissions or to support the healthiest modes of transport.

 

Scottish Budget Infographic 04-11-14 (AS)