Blame Has Been Put On TheEu For High Energy Prices
By Cynthia Taylor
It has been suggested that the government impose a windfall tax On energy companies, this may appear attractive to some while energy companies are not popular, and this would be considered revenge for the continuous price hikes.
Sir John Major is also right by saying that the Conservatives should show concern for the people who are on low incomes, and those on benefit incomes, as they feel the pinch from high energy bills more keenly than people who have higher incomes.
He continued that a once off tax increase to provide additional help once off for people on tight budgets will not go to the heart of the matter. Once that is over the next year prices could be just as high or even higher. It will not have addressed the underlying problem. There needs to be a better way.
He also said that it does not make sense for the Conservatives to concentrate on the bread and butter issues, such as jobs, prices and incomes, at the same time to turn aside their relationship with the EU. He said it was the relationship with the EU that was the cause of the disruption of the family budgets.
Mr Major sated that the EU needs to suspend or to repeal their renewable requirements, that the demands to generate a proportion of the UK's electricity from renewables is the reason the costs of energy is up.
Sir John Major felt that the EU should amend or suspend their large plant directive. Which would mean that the UK could run their older power stations for a longer period, which will save on costs – will keep energy costs lower and also delay the need to spend huge sums of money on replacement of something that will be more expensive.
In Mr Major’s day argument with regard to Europe, was an abstruse diversion the politics of income, jobs and daily life. At that time it was about how high interest rates would go and how they needed to be to remain.
Government should be encouraging energy efficiency, says The Trust
Government’s major priority is to encourage people to lessen their energy usage at home, this is according to an independent energy advisor, and after research had revealed that only one in four people in the South West were concerned about the short term provision of energy.
Research from the Energy Saving Trust, has shown that 2% of adults are worried about how the UK can generate sufficient energy over five years. But, the Trust, that delivers and also manages government energy programmes, have said that the headline debates on wind turbines and fracking have the public confused about what is best to do.
Research also showed that more than half of the people were looking at ways to reduce their energy bills and usage, after they had read about increasing prices of energy bills. Despite this only one in five were prompted to looking at energy saving after reading about fracking or wind farms.
Chief Executive of the Energy Saving Trust, Philip Sellwood,said that many of the bid debates leave people with a mixed message of what to do next. He continued that on the one hand there is fear around the supplies of energy as well as rising bills, and is making people aware and wanting to take action with the amount of energy they use, however, on the other hand debate about issues such as fracking and wind farms and turbines were distracting people from making meaningful changes such as upgrades that could save them money on their energy bills.
Although the big picture of the issues are important as part of the overall debate, there needs to be focus on things that strike a chord with people. Saving money and a guarantee of sufficient energy for the future. If the government gets things right then people will then take action at home. Taking pound for pound by using less energy is definitely the most cost effective action to take and the number one priority in the UK should be about cutting costs and usage.
Demand from the public for increased energy efficiency in the home, has increased over the last year, according to the DECC.
It has been recorded that a million more properties have installed loft insulation, cavity wall installation has increased by 400,000 and solid wall insulation has increased by 65,000 over the past year.
Despite these increases there are still about half of the homes in UK – approximately 13.million - that do not have any form of insulation.
MrSelwood continued that they were continuing to encourage households in the South West, to take a good look round their homes and see what they can do to improve their home’s energy efficiency over winter.
He continued to say that the higher cost measures, for instance wall insulation, will have higher rewards long-term for homeowners, however even the small changes can make a difference to a households energy bills as well as the families comfort levels
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