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Energy for All Statement of Support
The increases in energy prices are already causing a huge crisis for millions of UK residents. People’s health and even lives are at risk, and increased debts and disconnections are inevitable. Now prices are to go up even further, to unprecedented heights.
The measures proposed by the government to soften the blow barely scratch the surface of what is needed. Even proposals by charities and others to increase means-tested benefits and support for people in fuel poverty fall very far short, and, as the crisis widens, they do not reach enough people. In many cases proposals are also regressive – benefiting well off customers at the expense of the poorest.
We believe that the UK is a country with huge financial resources, and that no one should be forced to go cold, or go hungry in order to pay their energy bills.
We therefore ask the government to implement the proposal from Fuel Poverty Action, which is calling for “Energy for All”. “Energy for All” would provide a basic level of energy for every household, enough for them to maintain enough heating, lighting, cooking, and other essential services. FPA say it should be funded from three sources:
- A windfall tax on the obscene profits being made by energy companies on the back of the prices they are charging now
- An end to fossil fuel subsidies, which cost the UK government millions of pounds every day, only to perpetuate our dependence on polluting fuels with volatile prices which are also destroying the climate
- Higher tariffs on energy used over the amount required for their different circumstances, to be paid by the many people who are profligate with their usage, contributing substantially to climate change, because they do not need to count the cost.
Energy for All must be accompanied by a massive insulation programme, using an army of well-trained, well-paid retrofit workers, to further improve health, bring down bills, and cut emissions of CO2. At the same time, a switch to renewable energy is urgent. Further investment and subsidies for gas and oil only perpetuate dependence on fuels which are volatile in price and lethal in their effect on the climate.
At present, due to fixed “standing charges”, the people who pay most per kWh are those who have cut their energy use down to practically zero, while those who pay least are the ones who can afford to heat a mansion. Energy for All would reverse this perverse effect of market pricing, and would instead give people the security we need and deserve in these unpredictable times.
We recognise that there are many details, implications, to be worked out and objections to be dealt with, but we are sure that Energy for All would be better than the failing market we have now. We urge the government not to delay. Companies unwilling to implement Energy for All could be taken into public hands. If the market cannot supply households’ heat needs, it is not doing its job.
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