Green Group Grants Push Up Energy Bills
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
Families Funding Lobbyists Means Higher Taxes
£86million has been handed to various environmental groups by the EU, according to the Taxpayers’ Alliance, and it would appear that green lobbyists want British taxpayers to foot the bill. New regulations could lead to higher household energy bills.
The same source stated that £8.6million has been given by Britain to environmental groups such as WWF, Climate Action Network and Friends of the Earth, to name a few, since 1997. Matthew Sinclair, the Director of the Taxpayers’ Alliance has said that many of the groups funded with European Commission grants do not appear genuine in their environmental affairs support, and that bureaucrats in Brussels are spending British money to fund their own lobbyists.
Matthew Sinclair, states further that more regulations will hurt British business and ultimately, British families will suffer with higher bills; the result of families paying twice, once for grants and then again in higher energy bills. He also stated that taxpayer subsidies should be stopped, and politicians encouraged to explore more affordable energy supplies, such as shale gas.
The Taxpayers’ Alliance has launched a campaign to encourage politicians to stop the energy fee increases, as many families struggle to meet the ever increasing energy bills. It also stated that if things continue as they are, the average family will pay an additional 29% by the end of the decade, an impossible burden of £620 per household in Green charges and VAT.
Tory MP Dominic Raab, has said that British taxpayers are forking out millions to Brussels, to fund environmental groups, for issues that will not make the environment cleaner. As families in the UK struggle with the ever increasing cost of living, Ruth Porter of the Institute of Economic Affairs has said that it is outrageous that the EU fund any sort of political lobbying.
Politicians should be doing more to ensure that taxpayers are not funding organisations that do not have their best interests at heart.
As an ending thought, Friends of the Earth have said that they are looking to long-term solutions for the future of the environment. They receive funding from the EU for campaigns to protect people and wildlife. This, they claim, will have a devastating impact on the population and the economy if ignored; all of this at the expense of middle and lower income households.
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