Information about my work as a Labour Councillor for East Finchley in the London Borough of Barnet

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Energy costs could rise again soon

It isn't often I read the Guardian, but they have an interesting article about the UK power network, and how their physical assets are getting old, and reserves are low. Significant investment is needed, and it may come at a price, such as asking for 40 year contracts for nuclear power.

I always find it galling when I get the letter saying "we haven't increased our prices for two years, what a good job we've done. So now were going to increase it by 18%" and that sort of thing. For the poorest, after a decade of progress, energy bills, food bills, travel costs and clothing costs are rising as a portion of household expenditure, leaving little money left in family budgets to enjoy life with. I for one will be asking the council what they plan on doing to help reduce household bills on these necessities of life. Let's be honest, but there isn't much they really can do on those blls, but it will be interesting to see the response.

East Finchley is a community with strong ethical and environmental standards, so if anyone has any projects going to help in these kind of areas, please let us know, and we will help in whatever way we can.