HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
FUEL POVERTY IN SALFORD
 

Star date: 8th July 2011

UNISON SLAMS HUGE FUEL PRICE HIKES

The British Gas announcement today that the price of gas will rise by 18% and electricity by 16% has been slammed by public sector trade union UNISON which represents many of Salford's lower paid workers.

UNISON is calling for an "urgent review" of the energy market and for investment in renewable energy.

Full story here…


More gas and electricity price rises announced today by British Gas will make the cost of living an even harder struggle than it already is.

With child poverty running at 60% (see here) and a whole basket of indicators – from `Over 65s Not In Good Health' to pure `Deprivation' - showing Salford `significantly worse' than the rest of the country (see here), fuel price rises are  going to increase hardship in the city even more, with all the fall-out that  brings.

Now public sector trade union, UNISON, which represents many low paid workers in the city, is calling for an urgent review and more investment into alternative energy sources…

"Public service workers are in the middle of a pay freeze and the news that energy prices are soaring is another bitter blow" says Mike Jeram, UNISON's Head of Business and Environment "Low paid workers across the country are already struggling to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads with rising inflation adding to household bills."

With British Gas increasing gas prices by 18% and electricity by 16%, on top of price rises by Scottish and Southern, next winter is going to be one of the harshest ever with a massive increase in fuel poverty.

"The British energy market needs an urgent review and overhaul to ensure that it starts acting in the interest of consumers" Mike Jeram says "The Government needs to get a grip and make sure the country invests urgently in renewable energy to become more self-sufficient."

Meanwhile, as the wealth gap widens, fat cats all over the UK seem to have money to burn…

* Main image is an original graphic from seminal 70s community magazine, Suburban Press, by artist Jamie Reid.


 

Val Broadbent wrote
at 2:34:04 AM on Sunday, July 10, 2011
Yet another reason why they should'nt have demolished the Eco Homes in Lr. Broughton.
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 1:54:23 PM on Friday, July 8, 2011
Yet another exapmle of the fiasco that was privatisation. The only soultion is to renationalise all public utilities. Only then can we control the outright profiteering taking place. I know Hilda's eldest will now have something wise to say, but history is proving what a catastrophe for ordinary people in this country TBW was.
 
james wrote
at 11:53:52 AM on Friday, July 8, 2011
My energy bills are huge and probably double what they were previously. However British Gas lose money on household energy and so when the wholesale price rises they pass it on. It's awful but Gas and electricity are a global commodity and we cannot control the pricing. This will only get worse as more nations develop and compete for limited resources.
 
Ed Foye wrote
at 11:48:10 AM on Friday, July 8, 2011
Great idea .Shall we all sign up with PEEL HOLDINGS GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY ? THE COUNCIL ALREADY HAVE . They will bung them another 15 million to make it viable .
 
What a fuel wrote
at 7:48:30 AM on Friday, July 8, 2011
Maybe the energy market should be run by a trustworthy organisation Peel holdings anyone?
 
Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Star Hoodies
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: SALFORD COUNCIL PLANNING SCANDAL CONTINUES WITH JUST ONE AFFORDABLE PROPERTY OUT OF 196
If say the money from council house sales was used to build more dwellings that would have been good ,but it wasn't. Even so ,thes... [more]
article: SALFORD APARTMENTS RE-BRANDED GREENGATE MANCHESTER AFTER AVOIDING £2MILLION FEES
The people who live in these luxury living gated community city centre flats or whatever they are called have to live somewhere.Ap... [more]
article: 91% OF SALFORD UNIVERSAL CREDIT CLAIMANTS IN ARREARS WITH CITY WEST
Mystic Meg looks at Rayofsunshine with pity in her warm, green eyes before: "Ray, you sound like a good kid, but you need to grow... [more]
article: SALFORD APARTMENTS RE-BRANDED GREENGATE MANCHESTER AFTER AVOIDING £2MILLION FEES
The question as already been asked but can someone answer???? what is affordable to the average man or women within this city. For... [more]
article: CHEK WHYTE THIRTY MILLION POUND DEBT
too many comments about chek whyte ,not nice ones either,he is here in moffat conning a lot of people,?... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

AS HOMELESS SALFORD MAN DIES UNCLE ASKS WHY IT’S NOT BEING REPORTED

Star date: 23rd January 2018

'FOR ME, IT'S ALL BEING COVERED UP...'

Last Friday, a homeless man from Salford sadly died after living on the streets in Manchester city centre; the latest, many believe, in a spate of such incidents.

Now his uncle wants to know why his nephew's death was not reported and says "This is probably going on in every big city in the country, and for me it is just being covered up..."

Full details here...

SALFORD APARTMENTS RE-BRANDED GREENGATE MANCHESTER AFTER AVOIDING £2MILLION FEES

Star date: 23rd January 2018

£2MILLION FEE AVOIDANCE, £35MILLION OF PUBLIC MONEY, AND THEN APARTMENT BLOCKS MOVED TO 'MANCHESTER'

 A huge 'luxury' apartment block which avoided almost £2million in fees to Salford City Council, plus around 100 affordable properties, and then got a £35million subsidy from the Government as it changed ownership for £110million, has branded itself 'Greengate Manchester'.

Full details here...

SALFORD COUNCIL PLANNING SCANDAL CONTINUES WITH JUST ONE AFFORDABLE PROPERTY OUT OF 196

Star date: 22nd January 2018

WHEN IS THIS SALFORD COUNCIL PLANNING SCANDAL GOING TO END?

The planning panel of councillors for Salford City Council will be probably rubber stamping yet another huge development in Ordsall this week – two blocks of 'luxury' apartments, up to nine storeys high, off Ordsall Lane and Dyer Street.

From 196 properties being proposed by Selectric Investments Ltd, just one will be affordable, thanks to official Salford Council policy.

Full details here...

JOE O’BYRNE WINS SALFORD STAR AWARD FOR BEST PLAY

Star date: 21st January 2018

THE HAUNTING OF BLAINE MANOR WINS BEST PLAY

Last year, the Salford Star asked its readers to nominate winners in four categories reflecting Salford's cultural delights – Best Night, Best Performer, Best Play and Best Band.

From the shortlist, Live Events Editor, Ian Leslie, together with Salford Star staff, have decided the worthy winner of the first Salford Star Award for Best Play is The Haunting of Blaine Manor by Joe O'Byrne – a horror masterclass!

Full details here...

GREENPEACE PENGUINS HIT MANCHESTER TO PROTECT ANTARCTIC

Star date: 21st January 2018

CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT PENGUIN HOME

A waddle of Greenpeace penguins paraded in Castlefield, Manchester, yesterday, joining a worldwide awareness raising day about the need for the world's largest protected area to be created in the Antarctic Ocean.

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx