Shooting Labour’s energy freeze fox












You could not make this up. In order to cut energy bills the government has just announced it will cut one of its top policies to, uh, cut energy bills.

Of course, that is not what it is saying. But that is what it is doing. The changes to the ECO policy will halve the rate at which Britain’s energy leaky homes are modernised.

Bills that would have gone down will now go up. 10,000 jobs that would have been created to do the work will not appear.

It is right to say that government can do nothing about global gas prices. But it can do something about domestic energy bills.

In fact, it has being doing so successfully. Energy use, and therefore bills, fell by a quarter since 2005. Precisely because of the policies the government is now cutting.

This announcement has not shot Labour’s energy freeze fox, it is another bullet in the corpse of the greenest government ever.


Tom Burke
December 1st 2013



About tomburke

Tom Burke is the Chairman of E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism, and an Environmental Policy Adviser (part time) to Rio Tinto plc. He is a Visiting Professor at both Imperial and University Colleges, London. He is a member of the External Review Committee of Shell and the Sustainable Sourcing Advisory Board of Unilever and a Trustee of the Black-E Community Arts Project, Liverpool.
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