Fill the energy gap

York Press: . .

THE big six fuel companies, four of which are foreign-owned, are ripping us off, causing fuel hardship to struggling families.

People may well die as they are forced to choose between heating their homes or eating. As winter gets colder, many more will die.

Fuel should be nationalised!

George Appleby, Leighton Croft, Clifton, York.

 

• According to York Older People’s Assembly, fuel poverty has doubled in York. City of York council tell us 6,500 homes fail to meet energy efficiency standards. Poor quality homes owned by private landlords are also damaging the health of York people.

Why? In the 21st century you would have thought we could find solutions to all problems affecting the poorest in society.

This is just in York.

Magnified by the rest of the UK, it is a scandal that no solutions can be found by some of these overpaid experts and committees on £100,000 plus. Perhaps if you are on £100,000 plus you have no worries and are unaware of “those who will always be with us” – the poor.

If you are in the upper income bracket why should you care about the little people who have to use food banks or have to go to bed early to keep warm.

Dennis Barton, Woodthorpe, York.

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4:03pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Vine Weevil says...

The problem with Fuel Poverty is that it is a problem that affects the North and West of British Isles more than it affects the South and East. It would not be that difficult to make benefits and pensions fairer by indexing them to the exposure data produced by the Met Office. Unfortunately we would then see a situation where all the privileged minorities in London were receiving lower benefits than native British people in Devon or Cumbria and it is unimaginable that the European Court of Human Rights would permit such discrimination.
So we have a situation where people in Yorkshire freeze to death while newly housed immigrants in Kent can afford day trips to Paris. This is of course why we pay taxes and national insurance: to be treated as mugs.
The problem with Fuel Poverty is that it is a problem that affects the North and West of British Isles more than it affects the South and East. It would not be that difficult to make benefits and pensions fairer by indexing them to the exposure data produced by the Met Office. Unfortunately we would then see a situation where all the privileged minorities in London were receiving lower benefits than native British people in Devon or Cumbria and it is unimaginable that the European Court of Human Rights would permit such discrimination. So we have a situation where people in Yorkshire freeze to death while newly housed immigrants in Kent can afford day trips to Paris. This is of course why we pay taxes and national insurance: to be treated as mugs. Vine Weevil

10:29pm Tue 10 Dec 13

ColdAsChristmas says...

Of course, why are we going cold when we are supposed to be suffering from all of this catastrophic warming? The changes to Dax with biomass will cost a fortune and burn more trees than can be replaced.
The offshore windmills are subsidised by more than 200%, making the most expensive electricity and will all soon need replacing due to salt damage. (£4 Million each)
Of course, these all help to meet the carbon phobic government carbon targets and there is an election coming in 2015. What price the Green vote? Worth freezing and bankrupting for?
Of course, why are we going cold when we are supposed to be suffering from all of this catastrophic warming? The changes to Dax with biomass will cost a fortune and burn more trees than can be replaced. The offshore windmills are subsidised by more than 200%, making the most expensive electricity and will all soon need replacing due to salt damage. (£4 Million each) Of course, these all help to meet the carbon phobic government carbon targets and there is an election coming in 2015. What price the Green vote? Worth freezing and bankrupting for? ColdAsChristmas

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