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Buses not bingo: Response to Budget 2014

19 March 2014
Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the Budget Statement given in the House of Commons by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport said

"The Chancellor has done little to reduce the everyday cost of transport which remains one of the biggest costs faced by households. The £20m tax break the Chancellor is giving to bingo halls would be better spent reversing the planned cuts to bus services this year. Extra money to tackle potholes is welcome, but this is a drop in the ocean against the £10bn backlog to local road repairs. These are the issues that matters to people rather than big road building."

Stephen Joseph said

"Changes to the tax on business jets and company cars are welcome. These will help encourage moves toward more sustainable modes of transport."

Notes

1. Campaign for Better Transport has previously called for changes to the tax regime concerning business jets.

2. Funding for the Mersey Gateway Bridge was confirmed in the 2014 Budget. The scheme has now been announced in every Budget and Autumn Statement since 2010. Campaign for Better Transport has raised significant concerns about the value for money of the scheme.