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Any one for free public transport

In the UK we spend £6 billion on subsidies to the train and bus companies. If we add 1p on income tax we could raise a further £5 billion giving us a grand total of £11 billion a year to spend on infrastructure and transport and provide free public transport.
Not only would we create real jobs and growth, but it would eleviate congestion leading to cleaner air. Reduce road traffic accidents, increase disposable income to the poorest, after all we are being taxed to get to work and back. Can you imagine coal mine workers being charged to travel down the mine shafts.
It would also increase the chances of reducing our carbon emissions, it's a win win.

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  • Feb 26 2013: NO!, the argument goes: "why should I, a tax payer who daily uses the bus and trains twice or more, and who pays for it with his own money, also have to pay it with my taxes"... This is the argument and my point. But you want to solve the problem by giving more power to the people who is causing it!
    • Feb 27 2013: I am talking about financing the transport system through direct taxation but free at the point of service. So I'm not right sure if you understand the issue correctly.

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