MSPS fail in bid to block work­place park­ing tax

The Scotsman - - FRONT PAGE - By GINA DAVID­SON

At­tempts to ditch the work­place park­ing levy from the Trans­port Bill have been de­railed.

Labour MSP Neil Bibby had ar­gued it was un­fair and would hit low paid work­ers the hard­est.

How­ever MSPS re­jected the bid to scrap it, af­ter the SNP and the Greens united to de­feat his amend­ment.

Mairi Gougeon, min­is­ter for ru­ral af­fairs and the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, adds her mes­sage to a “tree” as WWF Scot­land in­vited MSPS to their popup for­est to view mes­sages from peo­ple all over Scot­land shar­ing what they love about our wildlife, land­scapes and en­vi­ron­ment.

It comes a week af­ter the State of Na­ture re­port showed many of Scot­land’s iconic species are con­tin­u­ing to de­cline, with 11 per cent at risk of ex­tinc­tion and al­most half show­ing sig­nif­i­cant de­clines since records be­gan.

WWF Scot­land is ask­ing for stronger pro­tec­tions for Scot­land’s di­verse flora and fauna.

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