Insensitive increase of Energy Bill in UK


This blog was posted earlier at the introductory stage of this assignment figuratively in the summer with wrong presentation formats which has been adjusted. However in view of the unpredictable weather pattern; we have been advised to expect a very frosty winter. My mind skipped as I received my November energy bill, I don’t know about yours but I think we should talk about it once again.

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 excuse was the uprising in the Middle East but during this period about fifteen oil wells in Libya were 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 the government is insensitive on the welfare of the common people.

In practice if government accrue so much income on tax from these energy providers and the commoners who should benefit from these taxes freeze in the cold winter because they can’t afford to pay for the extra bills, then what is the dividend of governance? Over 2,700 people are expected to die this winter because they may not afford to heat their homes. It therefore requires government to reassess some of their policies and 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 government to adapt policies that will improve the health, financial security and wellbeing of fuel-poor households in UK.

Gradually, it is becoming apparent that energy is a necessity 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 commons will be challenged.

In the heat of the price increase, David Cameroon summoned the Chief Executives of the giant six energy companies in October and gave a riot act asking them to work harder and faster to bring down bills. They in turn agreed to a bill cut while giving quasi advice for consumers to shop around for cheaper prices. I think it is a polite insult to the conscience of the poor consumers who hardly get any of these providers on phone and now compelling them to compare prices.

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 channelled for communal development and communal problems especially in welfare issues.

However as a ‘common goods’ energy should be a non profit commodity highly subsidised by treasury proceeds from government and should be one of the offing of the benefit system enjoyed by all citizens that have the right of abode in United Kingdom


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