Tax frequent fliers, get rid of SUVs, government told

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A frequent flyer tax, phasing out polluting SUVs and banning cars from city centres are some of the climate change solutions members of the public have come up with.A citizens’ assembly – of 108 people from all walks of life – published its report after weeks of discussions.They suggested road-building limits and to use the pandemic to cut emissions.MPs said the report offered a “unique insight”, but activists Extinction Rebellion said it didn’t go far enough.The report says the government must show leadership on climate change and insists climate policies must be fair to all – especially the poorest in society.Its radical conclusions may offer political cover to ministers who’re typically nervous of a public backlash against policies that affect lifestyles.What is the citizens’ assembly?The group, or citizens’ assembly, was set up by six government select committees – groups of MPs who look at what the government is doing and scrutinise policy. Members of the assembly were chosen to represent a spectrum of views from all over the UK and committed 60 hours of their time to studying and debating climate change. They met over six weekends and …

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