Issues: Is up-front money from the government bribery?

Some have claimed that the proposed up-front government funding for transport, if a congestion charge were to go ahead, amounts to bribery.

We do not accept this.

If a congestion charge were proposed on its own, people would be clamouring to insist that the government fund alternatives to transport, and that these are in place beforehand. This is exactly what is being proposed.

Furthermore, it is fair for the government to expect to give up-front funding in exchange for radical and far-reaching policies which carry political risk locally.

The package is exactly that – a package – involving both sticks and carrots. People can choose to ignore the sticks if they accept that a carrot of hundreds of millions of pounds will not come with it. Our own view is that they should not do.


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