Charities urge George Osborne to keep green levies to help poor and create jobs
Nigel MorrisMoves to cut green levies in an effort to reduce energy bills would backfire by harming the most vulnerable and driving up the cost of gas and electricity, George Osborne is warned today by leading charities.
They raised the alarm amid speculation that the Chancellor is preparing to scale back the Energy Company Obligation, which is used to help poorer families insulate their homes, in his autumn statement next week. Critics of the levy, which adds about £50 to the average annual energy bill, say the scheme is bureaucratic and poorly focussed.
But in a joint letter to Mr Osborne, seen by The Independent, more than 90 major charities and businesses argue that cutting energy efficiency measures could increase fuel poverty as it will become more expensive to heat draughty homes. They also point out that green schemes help create jobs and foster economic growth.
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