Green Energy Funding Could be Sliced off the Bills of Poorer Families

By Gary Cutlack on at

An enormous sum of £5.5bn is added to our energy bills each year as a green tax, money that's sliced off and used to fund the development of clean energy sources such as renewables. This isn't fair, it's starting to dawn on everyone, as a landed millionaire who leaves the heating on in his mansion to stop it getting damp while he's off banging teenagers in his city flat pays the same additional levy as one of us lot, wrapped in a duvet next to an oil radiator we've generously set to warmth setting two out of a possible five.

When divided up, the green levy adds a total of around £186 to everyone's energy bill, but moves are afoot to petition the government to bin it -- or at least means test it a bit and let some off paying, so poorer households may see a reduction in their oppressive winter bills.

The BBC has got British Gas owner Centrica's boss Ian Conn onside, with Conn saying: "Before the costs get much higher I would advocate that the government needs to move the funding to income tax, which would mean a typical low income worker would save £100 a year. This would mean something like 2p in the pound on income tax."

The government says it has already made that order, and is thinking about thinking of better methods of redistributing the green burden, as part of the grand net-zero-by-2050 plan. [BBC]