Insensitive increase of energy price in UK


Government neglect to the plight of people in this excruciating economic tide is really appalling and disgraceful in this generation of natural disaster and technologically aided human disaster. We have recently heard in the British media that most of the energy providers will increase their prices two to three times before winter; British Gas and Scottish Power had already made theirs in May and August respectively. The excuses of course was the uprising in the Middle East but as of date fifteen oil wells in Libya are running producing 31,900 barrels per day while the tension in other regions had calmed down. However it is expected an average household will be paying almost 18% on energy bill above what they paid last year in the heels of the cuts from the government. If Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) one of the big six energy providers in United Kingdom could post pre-tax profits of around 1.3bn in 2011, 29% above last year, it sure means that the government is insensitive on the welfare of the common people.

In practice if they accrue so much income on tax from these providers and the people who will eventually benefit from these incomes freeze in the cold winter because they can’t afford to pay for the extra bills then who gains?  It therefore requires government to heed to calls from NGOs such as National Energy Action (NEA) who are campaigning that necessary measures should be in place to enable some of the most vulnerable people in society to have warmer homes and on the need for policies to alleviate fuel poverty in the UK.

Gradually, it is apparent that energy is now an essential of life and should be a product accessible to everyone at all cost; on the contrary by the time it becomes unaffordable the wellbeing of the commoners will be challenged

The UK benefit system is founded on equity and wellbeing of those on low income, unemployed, disadvantaged and disabled who are generally called the commoners. Gas which is a source of energy to heat homes during winter should be as relevant as houses provided to homeless people from the tax payer’s money. This money should be used for common development, common problems both social and domestic.

However as a ‘common goods’ energy will be a non profit commodity highly subsidised by treasury proceeds from government and will be one of the offing of the Benefit system enjoyed by the communities in all the counties.


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