Harlow Labour leader backs Sir Keir Starmer’s plan to deal with energy bill crisis
Politics / Tue 16th Aug 2022 pm31 12:35pm
THE LEADER of the Harlow Labour Group has backed Sir Keir Starmer’s plans to deal with the energy bill crisis.
Harlow Labour leader Chris Vince said he welcomed Keir Starmer’s announcement and added:
‘We know that the cost-of-living crisis means families in Harlow will face a near impossible winter of rising costs and rising heating bills.
However, once again this Conservative government is putting oil and gas giants, who are still recording record profits, before the British people.
We can’t continue making working people pay whatever the big energy company’s demand.
“Labour’s fully-funded plan would stop bills rising now, saving Harlow families £1000 over the winter, and create sustainable energy for the future, helping people get through the winter while providing the foundations for a stronger, more secure economy.
Only Labour can give Britain the fresh start it needs.’
Interesting to note that the independent think tank, The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned that Starmer's plan could cost £30bn in just six months, (which is his optimistic timescale for the crisis) but would need to be continued for an entire year, bringing the cost to £60bn – similar to the cost of the furlough scheme. Hardly a fresh start. Secondly, a fundamental flaw in his plan is that it only addresses the issue for households. There is no mention of how schools, hospitals and care homes will pay their bills, or how many businesses will survive this winter.
Absolutely agree - huge concern for all the services you mention already chronically underfunded , particually education . So, Cllr Leppard, what are your Party suggesting ? Something that hasn't been put in the public domain?
Schools proposing to close for two days a week to save on their heating, an NHS on its knees, labour shortages and strikes, astronomical bills so people have to choose between heating and eating all while the two candidates in the Conservative leadership race compete to see who can be the nastiest to minorities as their dwindling membership cheers them on. Tory Britain, what a hoot. Anyone who thinks the party that broke the country can fix it when they've had 12 years already is a fool.
Just think we are the 6th richest country on the planet and our leaders are trying to tell us we can’t provide for ourselves! Maybe some politician could explain how we can be so rich yet can’t afford heat and food, or are we being shafted by our politicians yet again.
James Leppard's criticisms align with those of Professor Richard Murphy of Sheffield University. Murphy advises the Trades Union Congress on economics and taxation and founded the Tax Justice Network. Sir Keir Starmer's simple measures are slammed by Murphy because they include £10bn of subsidies to the top 20% richest households in the UK. Murphy's alternative is titled 'Surviving 2023: How to manage the coming economic crisis'. You can view the plan at: https://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2022/08/15/surviving-2023-how-to-manage-the-coming-economic-crisis/ economic crisis'. Clearly, Chris Vince and Sir Keir Starmer have not done their homework.
Can Chris Vince explain how his own political party has lost almost 100,000 members and is £5 million in debt can seriously be expected to run the country when they clearly can't run a political party