Passmores Head Vic Goddard tells GMB of concerns over heating bills for schools
Education / Tue 23rd Aug 2022 am31 08:39am
THE CHIEF executive of Passmores Learning Community (PLC), has issued a stark warning over the impact of energy bills on his schools in Harlow.
The PLC covers Passmores Academy (secondary), The Downs, Purford Green and Potter Street (primaries).
Vic Goddard appeared on Good Morning Britain (GMB) to discuss the issues with presenters Rob Rinder and Kate Garraway.
Sadly this is just the tip of the iceberg. A friends company has had their fuel bill go up from 1 million per year to 10 million per year( there is no cap for commercial use). Lots of businesses will fail between Christmas and Easter next year mainly in the small to medium size sector. This sector employs nearly 75%(approx) of the working population. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see a lot of people will loose their jobs. The government can’t print more money to help because they printed too much bailing out the banks in 2008 and during the pandemic, which has largely led to the situation we are in. Blaming the war in Ukraine does not help because the fuel prices were going up before, the war has just worsened the problem. The real problem is successive governments in the uk and europe have failed to protect critical infrastructure and resources. Basically no plan for the future just react to what is going on. WARNIING “ [email protected]#TSTORM” ahead
Theman exactly spot on lib/lab/con have caused this. The financial system is broke and has been for 14 or so years. It is also not helped by governments following net zero climate insanity. We have failed in invest in energy independence and printed hundreds of billions in the pandemic - all those who demanded lockdown this is the result total and utter financial collapse. Many businesses are going to go bust, houses will go cold (remember stay home to protect granny, now we are going to let her freeze). Public sector will not be able to afford heating either as tax receipts will drop off a cliff and people should look after their family before paying taxes. My prediction is come winter there will be massive civil unrest justified in my view, our political and civil servant class have utterly failed us at every level. stock up on blankets, LED torches, generators, get a wood burner installed if you can get money out of banks and invest in things without counter party risk, stock up on food batteries and good books. It is going to be horrendous.
The whole energy issue is all about supply and demand, resulting in huge increases in the price of fuels. I have read today that electricity shortages are stopping new developments being built in London and that new developments could be banned until 2035 because it may take more than a decade to upgrade grid capacity. Why is this, well the grid is reaching its limit to support new homes, due to the increase in the number of new data centres built over the last few years. These centres use an amount of energy equivalent to thousands of homes, and as developments are connected to the national grid on a first come first served basis, sites currently under construction could face delays if capacity is not improved. Theman's last sentence hits the nail right on the head.
Electricity grid providers have been warning the gov since 1990 that we would not be able to meet demand in 2015 if the did not approve new power stations by 2004. Well new stations were not approved by 2004, but they did build some wind farms, which has kicked the can a little further down the road. This is just one example of the level of ineptitude. Still on the bright side……. Oh there isn’t one.
Meanwhile the fossil fuel industry wants us to give them £100 billion so they can keep their profits. Better to Nationalise them take the profits and invest £100 billion a solar, wind, tidal hydrogen economy whilst insulating every home and covering every roof and fence with the larest solar tec that unlike old systems also collects infra red rays. Summer time excess energy can be used to generate hydrogen that can be used to top up and produce energy through the winter.
Invest in some nice warm blankets and wooly socks and hats👍