“Budget 2018: Anger as Hammond’s £60m pledge to plant trees is dwarfed by £30bn road spending plan”

“Environmental campaigners have condemned the chancellor’s budget plan to spend £60m on tree planting while £30bn is being pledged for roads.

They highlighted the contrast between the money the government is vowing to spend on improving green spaces and how much it is putting towards infrastructure that they fear will encourage driving and damage the environment.

Philip Hammond will announce in the budget that £60m will be spent on planting millions more trees across England, including a project to plant new street and urban trees set to receive £10m.

Environmental groups attack government’s £30bn roads spending plan
The remaining £50m will be used to buy carbon credits from landowners who plant woodland, the Treasury said.

But hours earlier, the government revealed it would be putting £30bn – 500 times as much – towards roads.

That money – ringfenced vehicle excise duty – will be used to upgrade and repair major routes including motorways, as well as fixing potholes.

But it may also go towards building new roads. …”

One thought on ““Budget 2018: Anger as Hammond’s £60m pledge to plant trees is dwarfed by £30bn road spending plan”

  1. Oh the irony of it.

    In Sheffield, government austerity cuts to council grants have resulted in the council outsourcing “tree maintenance” under a PFI deal which contained a secret clause (presumably to cut costs and save money) allowing 20,000 trees to be cut down.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/sheffield-tree-massacre-parks-green-city-spaces-felling-street-council-yorkshire-a8286581.html

    Whilst Sheffield is the best publicised example, this is probably happening across the country, with hundreds of thousands of mature trees being felled to save on maintenance costs.

    And now, the government is stumping up £10m of our money to plant replacement trees, new saplings many of which may never live long enough to become mature.

    Yet another example of Conservative Party dogma resulting in stupid – and undemocratic – decisions, which they then spend OUR money on “sticking plaster” solutions.

    The sooner we get a government from a party which values democracy and joined up thinking and whose policies are driven by what is best for the electorate, rather than a party interested only in how to save money in order to give tax cuts to the already exceedingly wealthy, the sooner that the UK will become a nice country to live in again.

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