APD to be increased in 2021

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  • AMcWhirter
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    Stevescoots
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    well thats just dandy at such a time in the industry

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    canucklad
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    well thats just dandy at such a time in the industry

    Indeed, The Peter Griffin method of supporting the needy …..
    What next, introducing a chain of Wuhan wet market outlets in each of the terminals that serve our airports

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    blloyd
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    The wisdom of the charge is questionable anyway, but a raise is unbelievably stupid

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    Cedric_Statherby
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    The alternative viewpoint is that anyone who travels next year, despite all the inconvenience etc, must really really want to and won’t mind a few extra pounds per person in tax. And the Chancellor does have to raise money from somewhere, and there will be those in the Treasury who will argue to him that it is better to tax voluntary expenditures rather than essential or unavoidable ones.

    Not to say either argument is right, but not everyone in government has the interests of the long haul flyer as their number one priority. Or even that of the airlines who fly them.

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    SimonS1
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    No win situation. The Government will need to raise taxes to cover the debt it has taken on. And everyone will have an argument why this or that cost shouldn’t be increased – excise duty on alcohol hurts pubs and clubs, fuel duty hurts motorists, train fares up hurts commuters, APD hurts international travellers and so on.

    I doubt £2 on an economy long haul and £4 on a premium seat will make much difference in reality.

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    Polly
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    Stevecoots

    Same as the not so smart London Mayor increasing congestion charge to 7 days a week! Which certainly is a blow to local restaurants, Museums etc etc who benefit from weekend visitors to the capital… real joined up thinking. What a time to be cashing in!

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    ASK1945
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    Stevecoots

    Same as the not so smart London Mayor increasing congestion charge to 7 days a week! Which certainly is a blow to local restaurants, Museums etc etc who benefit from weekend visitors to the capital… real joined up thinking. What a time to be cashing in!

    Polly

    You are certainly correct (in my opinion). All around roads are being narrowed, ostensibly so that pedestrians can social distance, but in areas where the footpaths are already wide enough to more than permit this. The result is more congestion and more emissions.

    It’s about money only.

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    AMcWhirter
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    Same as the not so smart London Mayor increasing congestion charge to 7 days a week!

    Polly – and not only seven days a week. Monday-Friday congestion charge used to end around 1800. It’s now extended to 2200. So those driving into the centre of London for an evening out must now pay £15.

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    LuganoPirate
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    A congestion charge is fine if there’s real congestion, and I appreciate that. However, if the majority now work from home, and go out locally rather than in London, there will certainly be no congestion, no income from congestion charges, no income from rates derived from shops, office and restaurants, and hopefully not enough income to pay the wages of Sadiq Khan and his cronies!

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    Cedric_Statherby
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    It’s interesting to see how the Mayor’s defenders are increasingly quoting the pollution-control element of the “congestion” charge. Of course this fully justifies a levy 7 days a week and until late in the evening (indeed all 24 hours in future if they need the money), because a combustion engine car pollutes the air whatever time of day it is – give or take a small amount of extra pollution if the traffic is slower.

    The quid pro quo is that electric cars – fully electric, not the hybrid cars which offer their owners maximum smugness for minimum inconvenience, and the planet minimum benefit as all those heavy batteries are transported around by a petrol-guzzling engine – as I say, electric cars are exempt from the tax. Which is fair enough if it is a pollution tax.

    I wonder whether, if electric aeroplanes ever take off (sorry about the ghastly pun), the Chancellor will exempt them and their passengers from APD.


    K1ngston
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    It’s interesting to see how the Mayor’s defenders are increasingly quoting the pollution-control element of the “congestion” charge. Of course this fully justifies a levy 7 days a week and until late in the evening (indeed all 24 hours in future if they need the money), because a combustion engine car pollutes the air whatever time of day it is – give or take a small amount of extra pollution if the traffic is slower.

    The quid pro quo is that electric cars – fully electric, not the hybrid cars which offer their owners maximum smugness for minimum inconvenience, and the planet minimum benefit as all those heavy batteries are transported around by a petrol-guzzling engine – as I say, electric cars are exempt from the tax. Which is fair enough if it is a pollution tax.

    I wonder whether, if electric aeroplanes ever take off (sorry about the ghastly pun), the Chancellor will exempt them and their passengers from APD.

    Cedric you had to go and spoil my breakfast by bringing up the Mayor!!!! 🙂

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