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Lib Dems to consider 10mph speed limit to cut pollution

Speed limits on public roads could be cut to 10mph under Liberal Democrat plans for green transport laws aimed at reducing air and noise pollution.

In some areas 10mph speed limits are already in places especially near schools. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The move, set to be debated at the party's spring conference next weekend, would allow councils in England to put the speed limits in place on roads outside schools.

The proposal is contained within Lib Dem plans for a Green Transport Act, which would also see high-emission vehicles banned from the UK's roads by 2040.

It's no exaggeration to say our future, and that of our children, depends upon us tackling climate change head on. The more we delay, the more we are at threat from this ticking time bomb.

– Liberal Democrat spokesperson

The measures would be part of the "five green laws" promised by the Lib Dems on the front page of their election manifesto and likely to be key demands in any coalition negotiations.

The plans would require every new bus and taxi to be an "ultra low emission" vehicle from 2030.

Other proposals include a Zero Waste Britain Act, which would introduce measures including increased penalties for crimes such as industrial fly tipping and a Green Buildings Act which would include a council tax discount for significant improvements in energy efficiency.

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'Lib Dems would end age of austerity in three years'

Nick Clegg in The Shard, London, today, where where he said that wealthy individuals and banks would face an £8 bn tax hike under the Liberal Democrats Credit: PA

Nick Clegg said that the era of "austerity" would end in three years under the Liberal Democrats, in a keynote speech today.

He said that through his party's "sensible, balanced approach," public services and the most vulnerable in society would be protected.

Speaking alongside Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander, the deputy prime minister outlined plans for wealthy individuals, big businesses and banks to face an £8 billion tax hike under the Liberal Democrats.

He also accused the Conservative Party of coming up with "kooky, made-up figures" in their plans to clear the deficit.

Labour Treasury spokesman Chris Leslie said the Lib Dems could not be trusted having broken their promise not to raise VAT while backing Tory plans to cut the top rate of tax.

Clegg: Big firms, banks face £8bn tax hike under Lib Dems

Nick Clegg in The Shard, London, today, where where he said that wealthy individuals and banks would face an £8 bn tax hike under the Liberal Democrats Credit: PA

Nick Clegg has said that wealthy individuals, big businesses and banks would face an £8 billion tax hike under the Liberal Democrats.

In a speech today, he explained the plan as: "A balanced approach to tax and spend that asks the wealthiest in our society to contribute a little more.

"Our plans mean there is no need to increase income tax, VAT or National Insurance rates."

He conceded that the party would make cuts, but said they would be £38 billion less than the Conservatives and that the party will have borrowed £70 billion less than Labour.

"Yes, there will be more cuts - £16 billion worth, including £4 billion from the welfare budget," he said. "But that means that in the second half of the parliament we will be getting the national debt down and putting money back into our public services."

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