Member of Parliament for Clacton

Douglas Carswell

23 DEC 2014

Wind mill policies to cost Britons almost £10bn by 2020

Douglas Carswell highlighted the outrageous subsidy given by central government to wind mill companies and for green policies, showing the disastrous impact on everyday energy bills.

By 2020, electricity and gas bills for Britons will include £348 that directly supports the government's levy control framework. This compares to a contribution £87 in 2012. As Douglas made clear to the Prime Minister last week:

"The levy control framework—the total cost added to energy bills and taxation by green targets—will rise from £2.3 billion in 2012 to £9.8 billion in 2020, at a time when many households are struggling to heat their homes. Does my hon. Friend think that is fair?"

Last Thursday, Douglas also questioned the climate change minister, Ed Davey, about the merits of his government's policies:

"At a time of falling oil prices and at a time when the shale gas revolution holds out the tantalising prospect of cheap energy, is not the Department carrying on subsidising windmills unnecessarily, and are we not making policy on the basis of outdated assumptions that need to revised?"

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