Move to green energy hitting fuel poverty suffers
Those at the very bottom of the UK income spectrum are being hit disproportionately hard when it comes to investment in green technology and green energy. This is the conclusion of a report produced by the government's Fuel Policy Advisory Group which will force the UK government to think again about the green energy policies which are currently in place. But why should green energy cost more?
The truth is that the UK does not at this moment in time have an adequate framework to produce green technology and green energy at an affordable price. So UK taxpayers are yet again being milked to cover the initial investment in green technology and green energy which has led, and will continue to lead, to a significant increase in forthcoming energy costs. It is believed that energy costs in the UK could rise by as much as 50% in the short term and are unlikely to fall even when the green energy framework is in place.
Why is it that the introduction of a new technology always leads to higher taxes and higher costs for UK consumers and UK businesses? It seems that corporate UK is willing to take the benefits of these moves but in many cases is unwilling to take on initial setup costs?
Do you need a swimming pool to carry out your political activities?
Claims that a Tory MP entered an expense claim in relation to his swimming pool maintenance is just the latest in a number of bizarre and truly baffling expense claims. We have seen claims for plugs, dog food, personal healthcare items, treatment for dry rot and many many more truly laughable expense claims. So how have MPs managed to "get away" with these more bizarre expense claims?
The Premium Calls Scandal
Did you know that customer calls to the DVLA helped them to bank £3.4 million last year, from their 0870 numbers? Did you know that Admiral Insurance of Cardiff also benefitted from their 0870 numbers? Others who benefitted from premium calls include Tiscali, British Gas and Barclays Bank to name but a few.
These are just two examples of how the premium calls sector is raking in mi...
Government demands power price cuts in the short term
Yet again it looks as though the government and the power companies in the UK are at serious loggerheads with a flat refusal by likes of British Gas and Centrica to reduce energy prices in the short term. The groups have suggested it will not be until the spring of 2009 before consumers see price reductions even though the price of wholesale gas and electricity has fallen substantially in the shor...Read More
Bills not tiny for today's tots
Although it is well-known that raising a child is an expensive business, new research has shown that proud parents cough up an average of £2,628 just to build their newborn the perfect nursery. According to Halifax Home Insurance, parents are splashing out on Plasma TVs, designer furniture, signed football kits and other luxury items just to give their baby the best start in life. Babies in Wales...Read More
UK government's Energy Act 2010 given Royal Assent
In what many believe could herald the start of a major campaign for cleaner fuel in the UK the UK government's Energy Act 2010 has been given Royal Assent and passed onto the statute books. While predominantly the act will focus on the development of clean coal in the UK it is likely to kick-start a significant change in UK energy markets which will see carbon capture and storage techniques improv...Read More