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Labour plans congestion and parking tax boost for councils

LABOUR HINTED this week that it is prepared to extend the 10 year period under which local authorities can keep congestion and workplace parking taxes to spend on public transport.

Under plans set out in the Transport White Paper, local authorities can keep the revenue from charging drivers to enter towns and cities and taxing parking at work for a minimum of 10 years. Rumours have already surfaced that the government will extend that to 12 years.

'We have always said we would hold a review after 10 years but I think it is very difficult to believe that the spending need from congestion charging for London's transport infrastructure would have been exhausted in 10 years, ' said London transport minister Keith Hill.

Hill was speaking at a debate on transport in London at London's Chamber of Commerce together with shadow transport minister Bernard Jenkin and Liberal Democrat transport spokesman Tom Brake.

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