(the Cameron Way)
A household is in fuel poverty when they cannot afford to keep adequately warm at reasonable cost, given their income. In the UK this has been considered to be when a household would need to spend more than 10% of its income to maintain an adequate level of warmth in the home.
Recently, the numbers falling into fuel poverty has been spiralling out of control. In April 2011 it was estimated in a YouGov survey that the number of households in fuel poverty had risen to a staggering 6.3 million households. Fuel costs have been going up ever since, and the problem has undoubtedly been increasing.
So how did David Cameron’s Coalition government deal with this growing problem? Easy: re-write the definition of fuel poverty. The Lib Con Coalition Government commissioned a 2012 report, resulting in a new more complex definition of fuel poverty, that now only a few specialist experts understand. Problem solved. No longer falling into their altered definition, but consumers remain just as poor.
The Government has been fanatically committed to adding to the burden on British households’ already excessive fuel costs, with the ever increasing numbers of so-called ‘green’ wind turbines blotting our landscape. These can benefit from eye-watering subsidies both by the taxpayer on the actual turbines and by consumers through their bills, as utility companies are required to pay crazy prices for expensive ‘green’ energy. Then there is the issue of “capacity payments” for back-up when the wind doesn’t blow. It’s not economic to run gas power stations intermittently, so we also have to subsidise them to do so.
“Vote Blue Go Green” claimed chameleon P.M. David Cameron, under whom Tory priorities in this parliament seems to have been gay marriage, wind farms and foreign aid.
UKIP holds all three of the ‘governing‘ parties of the past 20 years responsible for the catastrophic state of the UK’s energy strategy, which will see severe energy shortages, soaring prices, brownouts and energy rationing from 2015 onwards.
UKIP’s policy paper Keeping the Lights On can be found here: