by David McPhee
The UK Government “must be clear on who will pay” for the switch to a
greener economy, according to a trade union.
GMB Union argue that the methods to switch the UK energy system away from
fossil fuels should come from taxation, rather than “regressive bill
subsidies which hit the poorest hardest”.
The Committee for Climate Change (CCC) report warned that in order to meet
its net zero emissions target by 2050, the UK Government needs to close gap
between what is being done and what needs to be done to meet existing
targets to curb climate change.
It also urged the UK Government to show it is serious about its legal
GMB claim that decarbonising the energy system must come from “progressive
general taxation”, not through adding costs to household energy bills,
which “disproportionately hit lowest paid workers and those least able to pay”.
It added that securing renewable energy jobs is now “paramount” for the UK.
Justin Bowden, GMB national secretary, said: “GMB has always said any
‘green revolution’ must be paid from general taxation – including
corporation tax – rather than the utterly regressive method now of green
subsidies on household energy bills which hit those least able to pay the
“It is not that UK citizens won’t pay for the costs of decarbonisation, it
is simply that millions simply cannot afford it.
“Recent comments from the likes of Caroline Lucas MP that costs per head in
excess of £1,500 per head per year ‘are a price worth paying’ utterly
misses the point and shows how out of touch they are with millions of
ordinary people who don’t have that kind of cash.
“Securing decent jobs in the renewables industry and its supply chain, and
fairness in how decarbonisation costs are met, is now paramount.”