Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Snow highlights over-reliance on travel to work [Media release]


Norfolk Green Party Questions Snow Disruption and Call For Urgent Measures to Help our Region's Most Vulnerable
 
Norfolk Green Party has spoken out against the widespread disruption to Norwich's transport infrastructure yesterday, caused by 2 inches of snow.  The Green Party has also re-emphasised the growing need for quality insulation in our county and our region, especially for those experienceing fuel poverty.
 
The Green Party candidate for MEP for the Eastern Region in the 4 June 2009 Euro-elections, Councillor Rupert Read, said, "The snow has shown how vulnerable Norwich's economy is to its workers travelling excessive distances and how it can so easily break under pressure.  Most people would prefer to work within walking or cycling distance of where they live, yet because of a lack of joined-up thinking where planning is concerned, lack of affordable housing in the city and a tendency for investment in new jobs to be concentrated in Norwich rather than spreading them more widely to areas that need them, sadly for most this is not possible."
 
Read continued, "The Green Party's aim is to invest in new jobs where people live and create integrated developments that mean that more people can walk or cycle to work or school.  With today's environmental concerns, we must question why a person living in Norwich travels all the way to Ipswich every morning, while someone else doing the same job travels in the opposite direction every day.  This causes unnecessary congestion and avoidable pollution, and adds a couple of hours to workers' days, adversely affecting the quality of their lives and the amount of quality time they can spend with their families."
 
Norfolk Green Party also renewed its campaign to help the most vulnerable people living in fuel poverty in this region.  Read said, "In 2008, the Green Party petitioned the government to provide grants to help people living in fuel poverty, including pensioners and families with children, pay their bills by installing solar panels in their houses.  We also called on the government to levy a windfall tax on the energy companies following their unethical price rises so help could be given to the poorest people in our society.  Today we Greens are stressing the urgent need to improve our region's housing stock through insulation and other home energy measures.  More and more people live in fuel poverty today and the number will undoubtedly rise as the recession deepens.  Urgent help is now needed for the most vulnerable people in our society who will have to make the choice between heating and eating."
 
Read continued, "Universal insulation is the best way devised to tackle fuel poverty and climate change at the same time, and like the Green New Deal - which tackles both the economic downturn and manmade climate change - the dual benefits of our policies cannot be overestimated. It is just common sense, not to have money in effect wafting out of the roofs and walls of our Region's houses."
 
 

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Blogger marktim said...

Free, practical help for those in fuel poverty

Keeping warm in winter is a major issue and Britain’s energy companies have now earmarked £3.8 billion for measures to help the most vulnerable.

The Home Heat Helpline - 0800 33 66 99 - can deliver for these vulnerable groups:

 Advice on social tariffs – typically a 20 per cent saving
 Access to the Priority Service Register, with free annual gas appliance safety checks, passwords for official gas and electricity-related callers. Third party, Braille, large print and talking billing
 Grants for free home insulation regardless of who owns the property and no means testing for the over 70s. Absolute right for them to receive free cavity wall and loft insulation or free top-ups to modern standards. Same help to all households in receipt of attendance allowance, disability living allowance or employment and support allowance (incapacity benefit) single parent allowance or households with young children with an annual income of less than £14,600.
 Flexible payment options for customers in fuel debt
 A disconnection safety net, ensuring no vulnerable customer will be knowingly disconnected

The Home Heat Helpline also recognises that those most in need of help are often those least able to access it so the helpline now accepts third party applications including calls from friends, neighbours and relatives.

Or visit www.homeheathelpline.org.uk

4 February 2009 at 08:57  
Blogger Lynda said...

I agree with the fuss over a bit of snow! 30 years ago was the winter of 1978/79 - the first one experienced in this house. I had a full-time job as a Typist at Cornhill Insurance who were at Prince of Wales Road then (they moved to Thorpe Road in 1980 until 1995 when the branch closed). I used to wear "wellies" which almost reached my knees (I am approximately 5ft 7ins in height). There was so much snow it was impossible for the buses to run that day. I walked to Prince of Wales Raad - which normally only would have taken me half an hour - that day it was an hour - the snow was coming over the tops of my boots - even along Dereham Road! The office closed at 1 pm that day as many of the staff were unable to come that day. We were sent home by our Manager's PA as our Manager was not in the office that day. However, we were just about walk out of the staff entrance at 1pm when we were met in the doorway by our Manager, a keen walker, who had just walked the 12 miles from his home in Hempnall! His PA turned roudn and made him a pot of tea to warm him up!

There is one thing wrong with the grants for fuel poverty - it is only available if you have less than a certain amount of loft insulation. I happen to have four inches of insulation in my loft so my "free" loft insulation to top it up to the desired thickness would cost me £145 - impossible for one on £60.50 Jobseekers' Allowance and no longer having any savings - despite having contributed 35 years' worth of NI and tax during her working life! I would also like to know why the Fuel Allowance is available for anyone over 60, regardless of income, whereas many of us who are coming up to our 59th birthdays this year have to struggle to meet our fuel bills out of the inadequate income we have. Is there an adequate grant for window replacement? My single glazed, decaying windows desperately need replacing!

4 February 2009 at 18:05  

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Norfolk Green Party Questions Snow Disruption and Call For Urgent Measures to Help our Region's Most Vulnerable
 
Norfolk Green Party has spoken out against the widespread disruption to Norwich's transport infrastructure yesterday, caused by 2 inches of snow.  The Green Party has also re-emphasised the growing need for quality insulation in our county and our region, especially for those experienceing fuel poverty.
 
The Green Party candidate for MEP for the Eastern Region in the 4 June 2009 Euro-elections, Councillor Rupert Read, said, "The snow has shown how vulnerable Norwich's economy is to its workers travelling excessive distances and how it can so easily break under pressure.  Most people would prefer to work within walking or cycling distance of where they live, yet because of a lack of joined-up thinking where planning is concerned, lack of affordable housing in the city and a tendency for investment in new jobs to be concentrated in Norwich rather than spreading them more widely to areas that need them, sadly for most this is not possible."
 
Read continued, "The Green Party's aim is to invest in new jobs where people live and create integrated developments that mean that more people can walk or cycle to work or school.  With today's environmental concerns, we must question why a person living in Norwich travels all the way to Ipswich every morning, while someone else doing the same job travels in the opposite direction every day.  This causes unnecessary congestion and avoidable pollution, and adds a couple of hours to workers' days, adversely affecting the quality of their lives and the amount of quality time they can spend with their families."
 
Norfolk Green Party also renewed its campaign to help the most vulnerable people living in fuel poverty in this region.  Read said, "In 2008, the Green Party petitioned the government to provide grants to help people living in fuel poverty, including pensioners and families with children, pay their bills by installing solar panels in their houses.  We also called on the government to levy a windfall tax on the energy companies following their unethical price rises so help could be given to the poorest people in our society.  Today we Greens are stressing the urgent need to improve our region's housing stock through insulation and other home energy measures.  More and more people live in fuel poverty today and the number will undoubtedly rise as the recession deepens.  Urgent help is now needed for the most vulnerable people in our society who will have to make the choice between heating and eating."
 
Read continued, "Universal insulation is the best way devised to tackle fuel poverty and climate change at the same time, and like the Green New Deal - which tackles both the economic downturn and manmade climate change - the dual benefits of our policies cannot be overestimated. It is just common sense, not to have money in effect wafting out of the roofs and walls of our Region's houses."
 
 
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