Cost of Hinkley Point C ‘will hit poorest the hardest’

The £18 billion cost of Hinkley Point C will hit the UK’s poorest people the hardest. That’s the conclusion from the group of MPs that make up the Public Account Committee, which has published a new report suggesting households have been locked into a costly and long-lasting deal. The government approved the new nuclear power […]

Rising energy bills force 87 year old pensioner to live in “crumbling surroundings”

MPs have expressed concern over rising energy bills on the Royal Estate, after its utility bills soared 50% in just one year to more than £3 million, taking up 10% of the estate’s budget. Royal aides came under fire from Public Accounts Committee for failing to take action to bring costs under control, with Labour […]

Sellafield nuclear clean-up cost £67.5bn – and still rising

The cost of decommissioning the Sellafield nuclear site has reached £67.5 billion and there’s no indication of when it will stop rising. A new report by the Public Accounts Committee showed around £1.6 billion of public money is being spent at the site every year but is not convinced the taxpayers’ are “getting a good […]

Potential ‘funding gap’ for flood defence after cuts

There is a potential million-pound “funding gap” for flood defence systems, claim MPs in a critical report out today. The Public Accounts Committee report adds communities in at-risk areas may not be guaranteed insurance within two years. In the report, MPs looked at the how the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and […]

Smart meter savings outweigh MPs’ worries, says BEAMA

Representatives of the electrotechnical industry have lent their support to the Government for the planned roll-out of smart meters. The devices, which allow the monitoring of energy usage in a property, have recently come under fire from critics over estimates of their costs. A report by MPs on the Public Accounts Committee warned the meters […]

Critics warn smart meters could be a “flawed” £11bn “fiasco”

One of the DECC’s flagship policies, the roll-out of energy-monitoring ‘smart meters’ has been condemned before its inception by MPs and consumer groups over fears the costs for such a program may spiral out of control. Which? are calling for a review before consumers are burdened with an £11 billion bill. Richard Lloyd, executive director […]