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Labour would deliver a low carbon economy

3 October 2019

Statement by Sean Sherlock TD
Spokesperson on Justice, Children and Youth Affairs

The Labour Party has always been committed to combatting climate change, while at the same time making sure no one is left behind in the transition to a low carbon economy.

Speaking as the party launches its Alternative Budget for 2020, Labour Climate Change spokesperson, Seán Sherlock TD, said:

“Labour understands that we need to cut down on our greenhouse gas emissions, while also creating new and sustainable jobs. We also need to end the situation where people can’t afford to heat their homes or pay for essential transport.

“It’s vital that in the move towards a low carbon economy, no one is left behind.

“To fund commitments on climate action and adaptation, and to influence behaviour, we are proposing a €10 per tonne increase in the carbon tax. However we would ringfence this to address fuel poverty, and invest in retrofitting and public transport, to offset the increased costs. There must be a comprehensive analysis of the impact of the carbon tax, with offsetting measures for those on low incomes and reliant on private cars.

“As well as committing €100m for deep retrofitting of public owned council homes, we would also provide a funding increase of over €68 million to Irish Rail, Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus to reduce fares by 10% and increase the PSO subvention.

“Among other measures, Labour has also pledged to increase the weekly fuel allowance, and increase funding for the Warmer Homes Scheme and Better Energy grants.

“Labour is committed to making real change to combat climate change, rather than pay lip service to the concept as our Alternative Budget shows.”

ENDS

Building An Equal Society - Our Alternative Budget 2020 is available here:

https://www.labour.ie/download/pdf/building_an_equal_society_-_labours_alternative_budget_2020.pdf