East Midland Green Party candidate in the European Elections, Katarina Boettge has accused both the Coalition and Labour of “political point-scoring” in the energy bill debate to duck the real problems. She claims that meaningful measures to address the problems of cold homes, fuel poverty, and soaring bills are being sidelined. As a result she claims that 1.5 million children are being brought up in cold homes and that more people in the UK are struggling to pay their energy bills than any other European country than Estonia.
The Green Party is calling for a major nationwide programme to make all homes energy efficient. They want this funded through ‘recycled’ carbon taxes, saying that this could bring an estimated nine out of ten homes out of fuel poverty, quadruple carbon savings, and create up to 200,000 jobs across the UK.
The Government’s own advisers are saying that the reason that bills have been rising is because of the wholesale price of gas and not because of Green Tariffs. These, if properly used for home insulation will help households reduce their energy use and therefore their bills.
‘We need a nationwide programme to make all homes super-energy efficient – with full insulation, modern boilers, and renewable energy sources. These measures could save households up to £500 per year, far more that any of the other Parties are offering with their short term measures.’