Labour has criticised the government for offering “rebadged funding pots and reheated pledges” with the unveiling of the Prime Minister’s ten-point plan to tackle climate change and stressed the need for an “ambitious plan”.
Responding as Boris Johnson announced his long-awaited green proposals, Labour’s Ed Miliband expressed disappointment at the scale of funding committed and compared the investment to that brought forward by other countries.
The government has costed the ten-point plan published today at £12bn, and the proposals includes several previously announced pledges such as banning the sale of diesel and petrol vehicles by 2030 and quadrupling offshore wind power.
Miliband said: “The funding in this long-awaited announcement doesn’t remotely meet the scale of what is needed to tackle the unemployment emergency and climate emergency we are facing, and pales in comparison to the tens of billions committed by France and Germany.
“Only a fraction of the funding announced today is new. We don’t need rebadged funding pots and reheated pledges, but an ambitious plan that meets the scale of the task we are facing and – crucially – creates jobs now.”