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My dad's a pensioner and feels its absurd they may get a 10% rise next year while I may only get 3%.
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This is the problem with giving taxations and treasury-sourced payments a gimmicky name... it's all just cash ultimately. Same with NI - it's just tax (with the exception of that gimmicky bit they added on this year, which will in turn too eventually be rerouted to general taxation).I think its the same situation for pensioners and the rest of us - there are some very wealthy ones who wont need it, and there are some in dire need of help. Also dont forget, many of us don't need the heating on all day to stay warm, whereas many older people have to keep their heating on during the days when we are out at work. What I have always found crazy though is the winter fuel allowance which goes to pensioners living in countries such as Spain who actually don't need it.
What do you do with them?
My council employer have put forward an across the board pay rise of £1,925 , so everyone gets the same rise regardless of what they earn.
I think that is a very good idea. Those at the lower end will be getting around 10%
Much less of a % increase for those on higher wages but living costs have pretty much gone up the same for everyone so I think its a much fairer way of doing things.
It's currently with the union to agree or not. So no doubt a long wait before they decide anything as usual.
No we don't, the government just need to take action, like in other countries. If the government listened to Gordon Browns suggestions he made the other day we'd be in a much better solution.We just had a log burner fitted for the winter. We won’t be timing on the gas much this year. We need to reopen some of the mothballed coal powered power stations and nuclear ones for another year until we find a way out of this.
The west isn't reluctant to buy Russian gas, Russia has cut gas supplies off from Germany and other countries. We shouldn't need to buy Russian gas anyway. The government just need to take actions to build more nuclear and renewable energy sources. The UK is one of the best countries for several renewable energy production techniques. We've got wind, plenty of water for wave power (being an island, solar and we've got space for nuclear plants too. We should be a mass exporter of energy but we aren't because the government haven't taken action.n’t see things changing when the Ukraine war is over because the west will still be reluctant to buy Russian gas and oil.
Petrol and Diesel isn't expensive at all is it? I think it's actually more expensive than electricity still although that's a fine line. The point is that yes we need more electric cars and quick however we need more renewable energy plants first. These should have already been built or be in construction but the government has failed to act. Oh and we also need to build infrastructure for hydrogen cars as they need to be part of the future too. But again we are lagging behind because the government hasn't done anything about it.And they are trying to move everyone in to electric cars ha ha ha ha ha ha thank God most people still have petrol or diesel cars else we would be in a right mess.
Do you even pay attention to what we are doing on the ground in this country?The government just need to take actions to build more nuclear and renewable energy sources. The UK is one of the best countries for several renewable energy production techniques. We've got wind, plenty of water for wave power (being an island, solar and we've got space for nuclear plants too.
Yes and these are great, but why did they take decades? Why did Hinckley point C take from 2008 until now? I know nuclear reactors don't work straight the way but I was under the impression it was much faster than about 10 years?Do you even pay attention to what we are doing on the ground in this country?
Hinckley Point C, a huge project that was approved by the government in 2008, with construction starting not long after is finally nearing completion. A huge new generation of Nuclear power plant design. Love or hate Nuclear, that is for a different discussion. What they do very well however is provide huge amounts of stable and relatively clean power (as long as waste is disposed of correctly). They certainly are one of the best technologies we have right now for producing huge amounts of power in a small footprint (compared to say a wind farm). The government have also (weeks ago) just approved another new generation nuclear plant too, the huge Sizewell C nuclear generating facility, construction expected to take about 12 years.
Right now, we have the worlds largest wind farm, bar non, the largest off shore windfarm in the world is just off our east cost. Hornsea 1. With Hornsea 2 currently in construction and expected to be larger than Hornsea 1.
I am sorry but we are doing quite a lot. Those four massive projects that have been in the works in some form or another for decades, prove that.
This does nothing however, to solve our cost of living and high energy prices. Neither will it, companies are too interested in making lots of money.
That's me saying that not Gordon Brown. He brought this country through the last financial crisis, where he set the global precedent of bank bailouts that by all accounts saved a massive portion of the global economy.Gordon Brown had every opportunity to instigate massive new nuclear/wind/tide schemes when he was in power..
Easy to be a smartarse after the event isn't it?
Perhaps because at the time it didn't make financial sense? it does now. I hardly think Gordon Brown is a Tory.He also refused to increase taxation to create a more equal country.
Just another Tory in disguise after Blair.
I agree with this, the Labour government should've invested in nuclear power and they should've done it for the whole decade they were in power, they didn't and that was a grave mistake.We had every chance to lead Europe with nuclear power.
The government chose not to invest.
Tidal schemes have been talked about since the seventies.
Talk is cheap.
Yes and these are great, but why did they take decades? Why did Hinckley point C take from 2008 until now? I know nuclear reactors don't work straight the way but I was under the impression it was much faster than about 10 years?
Wind farms are great, we need more than the 1 that's currently under construction. We've got the best wind farm, I agree however we need more.
In the short term it will do very little to help the cost of living I agree, however long term it could well stabilise energy prices for us in the future. As for what needs to happen now, the government needs to actually help people pay there energy bills. Further to this it needs to tax these massive companies properly, the windfall tax they put on eventually (after Labour argued for it for months) was so watered down it is practically useless.