Number 10 denies Cameron told ministers to cut "green crap"

Downing Street has denied that the Prime Minister David Cameron told ministers to get rid of “this green crap” – referring to the environmental levies on consumers’ energy bills. A newspaper quoted an unnamed Tory source as saying: “The prime minister is going round Number 10 saying: ‘We have got to get rid of all […]

"10,000 jobs could be lost if green levies are scrapped"

More than 10,000 jobs in construction and insulation could be lost if the Government decides to cut green levies on energy bills. That’s according to the UK Green Building Council, which warned some could even go as early as Christmas. The Prime Minister David Cameron has said he want to “roll back” the levies to […]

Single carbon price 'should replace green policies’

The UK Government should scrap its range of green levies and replace them with a “single and consistent” carbon price to achieve carbon reduction targets and tackle climate change. That’s the suggestion from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), which claims the vast number of “complex, incoherent and less effective” Government policies aimed at reducing […]

Renewable subsidies ‘won’t be touched’ by PM’s green levies review

Prime Minister David Cameron’s review of green levies won’t touch renewable subsidies for solar power and wind, a statement from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) suggests. The department’s tacit ring-fencing of the Renewables Obligation and the Feed-in Tariff has reassured green energy trade groups worried by the mixed messages from Downing Street. […]

Energy Minister to be quizzed on “harmful” energy subsidies

Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon will be quizzed by MPs tomorrow about which UK energy subsidies could be “harmful”. He will appear before MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee alongside officials from the Treasury, the Department for International Development and UK Export Finance. How much support the taxpayer gives to different power sources has […]

David Cameron dodges question on green levies for the chop

Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday dodged questions about which green levies he has in his sights. On Wednesday during Prime Minister’s Questions he declared it was time to “roll back” green levies and taxes on energy bills. These are recycled to pay for renewable power sources and energy efficiency subsidies. Probed on the issue yesterday, […]

Nick Clegg: Cutting green taxes would be an 'own goal'

David Cameron’s pledge to strip green taxes from energy bills would be an “own goal” which could cost jobs and reduce support for poor households, Nick Clegg warned. Yesterday the Prime Minister announced a review of competition within the energy market and signalled he wanted to “get to grips” with green charges which suppliers have […]

Clegg says green levies will stop energy bills rising

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has chipped into the energy debate by suggesting green levies will stop energy bills rising. Ever since Labour leader Ed Miliband pledged to freeze energy prices last month if he wins the next election, the debate over energy prices in the highest ranks of government has become heated. Speaking yesterday […]