Commenting on reports that the Prime Minister has dismissed fuel bill levies that fund energy efficiency measures, as “green crap”, Caroline Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, said:
“These levies include funding for energy efficiency measures which help low income households cope with soaring energy prices.
Whatever language the Prime Minister has used to describe them, his determination to roll them back says everything about his contempt for the most vulnerable, and his lack of interest in serious action to tackle climate change, or to bring down fuel prices in the long term
By focusing the debate on green levies, which represent only a fraction of energy bills, the Government is obscuring the real reason for rising costs which is the increasing wholesale price of gas, and the profits of the Big Six energy companies.
If the Prime Minister really wanted to help families with their fuel bills, he’d be investing in a major energy efficiency programme to super-insulate the country’s housing stock. This would bring nine out of ten homes out of fuel poverty, quadruple carbon savings, and create up to 200,000 jobs.”