Monday, 22 December 2008

A GREEN NEW YEAR TO HELP BEAT THE ECONOMIC CRUNCH - Media release

Green Councillors across Eastern Region are calling for a package of measures to help people beat the economic crunch, widely expected to be hitting hard in 2009.

Councils can take steps to help householders and businesses both directly, and indirectly through better advice on energy saving. Greens are proposing a ten point plan for 2009.

Cllr. Rupert Read, Prospective Green MEP for Eastern Region said

"The Green New Deal, which Green Party Leader Caroline Lucas helped to develop, offers a substantial and realistic way of helping people through hard times whilst at the same time helping to tackle the big environmental issue of our day - climate change. The incoming new US President is proposing a similar approach.

Yet the UK Government's focus appears to be a short term spend-now-pay-later policy which will take the UK's finances into even more dangerous territory. Trying to get people to spend more in the shops on the back of a VAT cut will result in more imports due to the UK's manufacturing base now being so small.

The Greens want to see real long term investment in our communities, to help local shops and businesses, lower people's energy bills and make public transport better and cheaper. These are sound, substantial measures to help build a more sustainable future - good for the environment and the economy."

The Green 10 point plan for 2009

  • Councils to broaden their assistance to households to secure better insultation and to help generate their own green energy with the aim of curbing fossil fuel emissions and lowering bills.
  • Councils to provide more allotments so that more people can grow their own low cost healthy local food.
  • Councils to use planning powers to help secure more affordable housing and develop premises for local manufacturing, particularly in redeveloping vacant previously used sites - this will boost local jobs.
  • Transport authorities to work with bus companies to improve services and lower fares, giving people more choices to using cars - this will lower pollution and cut fuel bills.
  • Councils to review their own energy use and invest to save by using timers and sensors to switch off lights and appliances when not in use - this will help to lower Council Tax.
  • Councils to expand recycling facilities to allow more people to recycle more things. Better recycling will cut landfill tax costs and stave off ill-conceived plans for highly expensive, polluting waste incinerators.
  • Better advice to householders to help them save quickly and simply on electricity bills, such as by fitting low cost sensors on outside lights so they are only on when needed.
  • Highways authorities to invest more in walking and cycling schemes so that people do not need to use their cars so much on short journeys - this will also help people save on fuel bills.
  • Education authorities to make it much easier for school children and college students to access public transport, wherever they live. This will cut the school run, curb congestion and lower fuel costs for motorists.
  • Councils to do whatever they can, including working with holding companies, to keep rentals on local shops, pubs and post offices as low as possible.

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Green Councillors across Eastern Region are calling for a package of measures to help people beat the economic crunch, widely expected to be hitting hard in 2009.

Councils can take steps to help householders and businesses both directly, and indirectly through better advice on energy saving. Greens are proposing a ten point plan for 2009.

Cllr. Rupert Read, Prospective Green MEP for Eastern Region said

"The Green New Deal, which Green Party Leader Caroline Lucas helped to develop, offers a substantial and realistic way of helping people through hard times whilst at the same time helping to tackle the big environmental issue of our day - climate change. The incoming new US President is proposing a similar approach.

Yet the UK Government's focus appears to be a short term spend-now-pay-later policy which will take the UK's finances into even more dangerous territory. Trying to get people to spend more in the shops on the back of a VAT cut will result in more imports due to the UK's manufacturing base now being so small.

The Greens want to see real long term investment in our communities, to help local shops and businesses, lower people's energy bills and make public transport better and cheaper. These are sound, substantial measures to help build a more sustainable future - good for the environment and the economy."

The Green 10 point plan for 2009

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