The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) remains disappointed with the UK Government’s lack of funding in tackling the climate emergency which, while there were some good points in its recent 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, has not provided the sort of resources it needs to deliver on the rapid carbon emission cuts the country needs. NFLA believes the resources from the Chancellor’s Spending Review announced yesterday are often in the wrong priority areas. The Chancellors Spending Review comes with a £100 billion series of measures in a UK National Infrastructure Strategy. Amongst the spending review pledges are £525 million of spending on supporting large scale nuclear and advanced nuclear technologies like small modular nuclear reactors. There is also a huge £27 billion pledged on road building, and £22 billion on just one rail programme – HS2 (in comparison with £17.5 billion to be provided on the upgrade of the rest of the rail network). In contrast, £1.1 billion is being provided on energy efficiency measures to ‘green’ buildings, around £1.9 billion on electric vehicle infrastructure and grants for zero and ultra-low emissions vehicles, a further £120 million will be invested for more than 500 zero-emission buses and £257 million on cycling infrastructure. There were also modest funding improvements on protecting the natural environment such as £90m from the Nature for Climate Fund and £40m for the Green Recovery Challenge Fund. All these areas of new funding are welcomed by the NFLA, but priorities should be altered in reference to the likes of the excessive road budget.
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