Yesterday in Parliament the Lib Dem MP for Twickenham, Munira Wilson, challenged the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP, over the Tory Government's plan to make the Mayor of London raise council tax to balance TfL's books.
She asked him: "Every week millions of people from outside of London use our public transport here. In order to keep TfL afloat does he think it fair to slap a transport tax on Pensioners in Whitton and Hampton in my constituency to subsidise commuters from Welwyn and Hatfield in his constituency?"
.@grantshapps has refused to rule out a Tory transport tax for every Londoner— Munira Wilson MP (@munirawilson) October 22, 2020
How's it fair for all local residents to pay extra to subsidise commuters from outside London? Govt demands to keep #TFL afloat are unreasonable, especially as they look to cut free travel for U18s pic.twitter.com/wdPQ2rgYx9
Grant Shapps' plan is to slap a Tory Transport Tax on all households in Richmond Borough to balance TfL's books but not to ask commuters from outside London to pay their fair share.
Please sign our petition against the Tory Transport Tax and make your voice heard.
This is another disastrous policy from Mr Shapps which, in addition to his plans to extend the congestion charge to the South Circular and to scrap free travel for Under 18s, will hit local residents hard in the pocket when they're already reeling from the financial impact of Covid19.
Twickenham and Richmond Liberal Democrats are united in their opposition to Grant Shapps' Tory Transport Tax. As Leader of Richmond Council, I have written to the Secretary of State for Transport putting on record my opposition to this unfair and unjust tax not just on local residents but on Londoners as a whole.
Full letter here pic.twitter.com/N0a86ewbW6— Gareth Roberts (@Gareth_Roberts_) October 24, 2020
Luisa Porritt, the Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of London, is backing our campaign too. She says: “Not content with their shameful treatment of the people of Greater Manchester, the Tory Government have now turned their attention to punishing Londoners too.
“Londoners have done what the Government asked by avoiding public transport. They do not deserve to be hit with this crippling list of fare rises and tax hikes, at a time when so many are worried about their jobs and livelihoods.
“Elsewhere in the country, private rail companies have been given the support they need without such harsh conditions. Why are Londoners getting hit?
“The threat to take over Transport for London is an insult to local democracy. Any discussion about tax hikes and fare rises must happen at the ballot box next May.
“It’s time the Government stopped playing politics with people’s lives. London's transport network is a vital part of our city's infrastructure and must be protected throughout this pandemic.”
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