Scottish Liberal Democrat environment spokesperson Mariam Mahmood has today welcomed officials statistics that Scotland has reduced its carbon footprint but has called on the Scottish Government to “rule out massive tax cuts for the aviation industry indefinitely.”
SNP ministers planned to spend £250m cutting aviation tax by 50% from 1 April 2018, before abolishing it completely at a further cost of £250 million. However, these plans will now be delayed as Finance Secretary Derek Mackay requested the devolution of Air Passenger Duty (APD) to be delayed, a request accepted by the UK Government in their autumn budget.
Ms Mahmood said:
“It certainly is welcome news that collective action in Scotland has led to a further reduction in Scotland’s carbon footprint. Moving forward, ministers will do well to listen to experts who have warned that they must be more ambitious with their draft climate change plans.
“On transport particularly, ministers should start by ruling out massive tax cuts for the aviation industry indefinitely.The environment needs a long term commitment.”