21 Nov 2013

Caroline Lucas: Cameron 'attitude to green levies shows his contempt for the most vulnerable

Lucas: PM’s attitude to green levies shows his contempt for the most 
For immediate release: Thursday 21 November 2013
Commenting on reports that the Prime Minister has dismissed fuel bill 
levies that fund energy efficiency measures, as “green crap”, Caroline 
Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, said:
“These levies include funding for energy efficiency measures which help 
low income households cope with soaring energy prices.
“Whatever language the Prime Minister has used to describe them, his 
determination to roll them back says everything about his contempt for 
the most vulnerable, and his lack of interest in serious action to 
tackle climate change, or to bring down fuel prices in the long term
“By focusing the debate on green levies, which represent only a 
fraction of energy bills, the Government is obscuring the real reason 
for rising costs – which is the increasing wholesale price of gas, and 
the profits of the Big Six energy companies.
“If the Prime Minister really wanted to help families with their fuel 
bills, he’d be investing in a major energy efficiency programme to 
super-insulate the country’s housing stock.  This would bring nine out 
of ten homes out of fuel poverty, quadruple carbon savings, and create 
up to 200,000 jobs.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

No the Prime Minister wanted to cut fuel bills by reducing the plethora of green taxes Ed Milliband introduced in the last Labour Government. Reduced bills help everyone, including the poorest.