Gordon, the next generation aren’t impressed!
Mr Brown delivered his 11th and final budget to the ‘House’ today. On the environment front there was nothing particularly radical. One got the feeling he was only trying to tick the right boxes. Here are some of the announcements;
1. £50million towards a ‘save central African rainforests‘ fund.
2. A more scaled road tax regime. Highest carbon emission vehicles will pay £400pa from 2008. Lowest emitters (electric cars) will only pay £35pa.
3. More help for pensioners with insulation costs of their homes; up to £4000 per household.
4. Discouraging commercial property owners from leaving properties empty for longer than 6 months
5. A little more money for micro-generation grant schemes
6. A little more R&D money for renewables
7. Help with the UK’s first Carbon Capture Project
8. More of the same for carbon trading. He wants to see it go global.
That’s about it.
More needs to be done to drag the countries old housing stock up into the 21st century. The Coffee House proposes that carbon off-sets are channeled into schemes aiming to reduce the carbon footprint of UK homes (eg. insulation, efficient boilers, under ground heating source systems).
We need grand ideas backed up by real money for local initiatives.
Until this happens Labour stays red and the Tories blue and there’s no point in any of us voting for you!