Inverclyde Council – budget consultation

A consultation on Inverclyde Council’s budget has been launched and runs to 31 October. The purpose of this budget consultation is to seek views on the priority areas and on a range of proposed budget savings to assist councillors in their review of the budget, to examine those views against the proposed budget offer from the Scottish Government, which is expected in December. This will then give councillors the information they require to work together to set a balanced budget and the Council Tax levels which is usually expected in February or March each year.

Written question – Energy bills [18/10/2022]

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether the £100 payment to support people who are not served by the gas grid with their energy bills will be given to people who receive energy through their landlord’s windmill. (59313)

Tabled on: 10 October 2022

Graham Stuart:

The Government will provide an additional payment of £100 to households across the UK who are not able to receive support for their heating costs through the Energy Price Guarantee. For those who do not have a contract with an electricity supplier this will be delivered through a discretionary fund.

In addition, the Energy Prices Bill introduced on 12th October includes the provision to require landlords to pass benefits they receive from energy price support, as appropriate, onto end users. Further details of the requirements under this legislation will be set out in regulations.

The answer was submitted on 18 Oct 2022 at 18:19.

Greenock Telegraph 7th October

The recent financial statement from the U.K. government has been ridiculed by the International Monetary Fund. They were right to be critical. The outcome has been that the pound crashed, mortgage rates have increased, many mortgage products have been withdrawn and the Bank of England stepped in to avoid a complete calamity.

But none of this should come as a surprise. The economic path of the U.K. was explained in the book Britannia Unchained. And the authors maybe familiar to you. Among them are Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng. This is simply the next stage in the trashing of the welfare system and the rewarding of the uber greedy. One nation conservatism on steroids. This is Conservatism in all its ugly glory. Liz Truss is a believer in the mantra of the Institute of Economic Affairs which is a right-wing think tank. The IEA are weak on climate change and want to privatise the NHS. The Conservative government’s lack of compassion was clear in the financial statement that will punish the poorest, reward the richest and pay lip service to the many that could have experienced a possible minor financial gain that will be offset by the increase in interest rates and projected inflation. I have often accused the Conservative and Unionists of lacking self-awareness but it has become increasingly clear that they know exactly what they are doing and are pushing it as far as they can. The hedge fund managers made their killing last week and while the Conservative and Unionist party’s only objective is to appease their members and stay in power, the rest of us should button down the hatches for a long cold winter and not expect the UK government to help us, they are too busy helping themselves and their mates in the city.