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 – from our prospective – not a great budget for energy. “What we are seeing is cuts for renewable energy and increased support for the old […]

Fresh demands the UK should renationalise energy

Angry protestors today demanded the Government should renationalise the UK’s energy system. Shouting at the top of their voices “energy for our needs, not corporate greed”, a group of roughly 100 gathered in London’s business district to criticise the country’s largest energy suppliers. Pointing to new statistics which show the number of excess winter deaths […]

ScottishPower defends double profits after anger

Energy supplier ScottishPower has defended itself after anger at the firm for putting up energy tariffs when their profits doubled in 2012. The Scottish provider saw operating profits go from £399m in 2011 to £835m, notching up net profits of £646million and a payment of £890million to its parent company Iberdrola in 2012. The figures […]

Definitively fuel poor: fuel poverty given new meaning

Fuel poor – sounds like an easy enough concept, doesn’t it? But if you thought that, you would be mistaken. The Government has given the phrase “fuel poverty” a new definition to make sure support is better “targeted” at those who need it most. Yesterday the Government announced from now on a household will be […]

Will Energy Bill tackle fuel poverty?

“Shame on you George Osborne”, shout protestors outside the Treasury who are convinced the Government is letting suppliers off the hook on high bills. They fear fuel poverty could mean more deaths over the winter. But will the Energy Bill tackle this? Does the Government’s new legislation show leadership on climate change? ELN speaks to ministers, protestors […]

Activists occupy British Gas head office

Six activists have barricaded themselves inside British Gas offices, according to reports. The protesters are campaigning against fuel poverty and what they claim is “Big Six profiteering”. The protestors have been at the energy supplier’s building in Staines, Middlesex since this morning and appear to have handed flyers to staff and strung a banner across […]