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Drivers set to face 'financial burden' within months as new car tax changes set to launch

Rebecca Long-Bailey, MP for Salford and Eccles said the Government and Mayor Andy Burnham needed to “reconsider” Greater Manchester’s new Clean Air Zone. Her comments come just a day after 15 Labour MPs signed a petition demanding some action over the new changes.

Posting on Twitter, she said: “Following my letter to Government last week, I have signed this letter alongside other Government MPs, calling for the Secretary of State to meet with GM Mayor Andy Burnham and local leaders, to reconsider the financial burden the Clean Air Zone (CAZ) scheme will have on many businesses.”

Kate Green, MP for Stretford and Urmston has also backed the letter.

She warns a new Clean Air Zone needs to be “fair to businesses and residents” and more was needed before the scheme was launched.

She said: “Many constituents have contacted me regarding the GM CAZ.

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Andrew Western, Leader of Trafford Council said the “right package of financial support” was needed ahead for the scheme to be a success.

He said: “We have considered this latest evidence, which is also reflected in the concerns we’ve heard from those businesses and individuals impacted and who are worried about their ability to upgrade.

“We need to have the right package of financial support to meet the targets set by Government and are open to any solutions that can help us achieve that.

“We stand ready to work with the Government on the right solution for our people, our businesses and, more importantly, the health of each and every one of us in Greater Manchester.”



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