Summer Budget ‘short-termist’ for energy

The Summer Budget for energy has been slated as “disappointing” and “short-termist”. That’s according to Fuel Poverty Action Co-ordinator Clare Welton. She told ELN: “I think the budget is generally – […]

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The Summer Budget for energy has been slated as “disappointing” and “short-termist”.

That’s according to Fuel Poverty Action Co-ordinator Clare Welton.

She told ELN: “I think the budget is generally – from our prospective – not a great budget for energy.

“What we are seeing is cuts for renewable energy and increased support for the old energy like North Sea oil.”

She added this shows the government “is not being particularly progressive in its policy on energy” and it’s “not really thinking long term”.

 

Ms Welton went on to say the government’s Committee on Climate Change suggested the UK  needs more renewable energy in the mix but this isn’t being supported which “is a shame”.

She added: “It generates concern for me that actually bills in the long term are not being considered and it’s quite a short-termist agenda.”

Fuel Poverty Action (FPA) is a charity which aims to help those who are fuel poor.

Energy UK CEO Lawrence Slade also said it was “disappointing” whereas Renewable Energy Foundation Director John Constable said the Climate Change Levy exemption “will save several hundred millions”.