El Gordo, the great provider, has seemingly rediscovered socialism.
According to the BBC he’s unveiled a £910m package of measures to help people pay for their gas and electricity without putting peoples’ bills up. Typical of the lazy-assed reporting that you see at the BBC when they’re faithfully spinning No Mandate Brown’s bullshit propaganda for him, they fail to point out that most of it is old news.
Free cavity wall and loft insulation for pensioners and poor households? That’s been available for years, even took advantage of it myself.
50% off the cost of insulation for all households? Not 100% sure on this but I think grants have been available for some time available to everyone.
Freeze on this year’s bills for half a million poor consumers? The social tariffs have been in for a couple of years now.
Partial reversal of cut to warm front programme giving free central heating to poorest pensioners? Why was it cut in the first place? The Gord giveth and the Gord taketh away. All pensioners in Scotland are entitled to free central heating.
Cold weather payments to go up from £8.50 a week to £25 a week for pensioners, disabled people and unemployed families with children under five if temperatures drop below zero for seven consecutive days. I’d be interested to know how many times this happens. My guess is, on average, roughly once ina blue moon (where does that phrase come from, incidently?).
The Goblin King says the British government aims to insulate every home in Britain (you sure about the “B” word there? Warm Front is England-only) by 2020. Will homeowners be forced to insulate their homes with penalties for those that don’t? What if you don’t have cavity walls or a loft or you are one of those people that believes filling cavity walls with insulation is a bad idea because cavity walls were invented to stop damp? Not every home can be insulated and when I had my house done, Warm Front wouldn’t pay for the floor of of a bedroom we have over the top of an alleyway to be insulated so the room is still unusable in the winter.
Now don’t worry yourself about the cost either. It’s not going to be passed on to the consumer:
I do not expect the £910m that we raise to be passed on to the consumer by the energy companies. I think that’s a very important point to make.
Oh yes Gordo, very important. New legislation is going to be passed requiring energy companies to pay for this near billion pound social spending bonanza which will take a few months at least to work its way through Parliament so just watch your gas and electric bill rocket over the coming months to compensate for the stealth windfall tax.
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