Wednesday, 22 April 2009

The Budget - more missed opportunities say Greens

 
The Labour government today missed a golden opportunity to create huge numbers of jobs in emerging industries, says the Green Party.
 
Dr Caroline Lucas MEP, the Green Party's leader, told Radio 4's The World at One today that the government is throwing away the potential to create hundreds of thousands of extra jobs by failing to invest adequately in insulating buildings, in solar energy and other renewables, in upgrading the electricity grid, in public transport and in new skills training.
 
Britain is lagging behind other countries in the "greenness" of its so-called "green stimulus" plan, she said - against the advice of its own advisors. Dr Lucas pointed out that the government's own watchdog, the Sustainable Development Commission, (SDC) had proposed a £30bn package very similar to the Green Party's Budget proposals - and which SDC calculated would create 800,000 jobs.
 
She described the chancellor's "green stimulus" as "one-tenth or less of what it should be" if the UK were to meet serious emissions targets and maximise the job-creation potential of sectors like energy, where renewables sustain far more jobs per megawatt than either nuclear or coal.
 
On scrappage, Caroline Lucas disagreed that this would create significant numbers of jobs, but proposed a better way forward. She said the way to go was to build cars to last, and refit and improve them over time - which would reduce the associated energy while significantly increasing the amount of labour involved, by comparison with new manufacture.
 
Rupert Read, Prospective MEP for Eastern Region said
 
"The Chancellor talked bravely about low carbon technologies, but as usual, the detail of his proposals dont square up. More money for "clean coal" means less money for renewable energy investment here in Eastern England. The money allocated for offshore wind is welcome, but totally insufficient. This budget therefore involves another mis-allocation of resources, missing the huge open goal that the Greens keep pointing to: the chance to generate lots of sustainable jobs - and particularly right here in our part of the country."
 
James Abbott, Green Party Eastern Region European Election candidate said
 
"The breath-taking levels of borrowing and debt announced by the Chancellor come about of course as a direct result of the abject faulure to regulate the financial industry which for many years binged on dodgy deals and encouraged unrestrained credit. The danger in the next few years is that the level of government debt and borrowing is so high, that economic policies become focussed only on tackling that debt, leading to swinging cuts in essential public servcies and cuts in much needed green investment. 
 
"On June 4th, voters have an opportunity to send a strong message to the politicians who have got us into this mess, and we would encourage them to exercise this by voting Green."  

ENDS
 
Notes: Budget proposals and Green Party response

 

Proposal

Green Party response

£1bn on climate change including £435m energy efficiency, £525m offshore wind

Far too little, needs to be 10 to 15 times as much.

A year ago borrowing this year would be £38 billion, by the autumn it was £118 billion, and today £175 billion is needed

Shows folly of building public finances to rely on growth. Need to get to a stable economy.

£9bn to come from Gershon type public sector efficiency savings by 2014.

NAO has cast considerable doubt on how real previous attempts have been.  Actually a way to hide real cuts in services.

£500m on new homes.

Not enough.  And only £100m on council houses.

£2000 subsidy for a new car if car over ten years old is scrapped.

Doesn't help environment, much of carbon cost of car is in manufacture.  We need cars to last longer. 

Relatively few jobs.

Far cheaper and more effective way to cut carbon and help everyone is public transport.

Cut public sector pensions.

Average public sector pension is only £3000, reflecting poor pay. We want to see better pensions for all, and the foundation is a better state pension which the Green Party would set at £165 a week.

Budgeting carbon emissions.

Greens did this in 2007!  And we need 10% annual cuts, not 1-2%.

Money for Carbon Capture and Storage demonstration projects.

Untried technology, will arrive too late. We need things that work now like insulation, wind, solar.

Higher rate tax relief on pensions removed for those above £150,000.

Welcome - this is existing Green Party policy.

50% tax rate for incomes above £150,000.

Welcome, but only a start.

£1.7bn extra help for jobseekers.

But only £250m for training. Help with finding a job no good if there are no jobs to find. Training though is a useful way for unemployed people to spend time when jobs are short.

Incentives to get more oil from the North Sea.

Bizarre when we want to cut carbon.

 
 

7 Comments:

Blogger MiniMises said...

All of this on a day when the Antarctic ice cover INCREASES, which is supported by the FACT that the planet has NOT WARMED since 1998, and the cooling of last year WIPED OUT the net rise of the last century. Don't greenies deal in facts?

22 April 2009 at 17:57  
Blogger weggis said...

Yes we do! Try reading this report in New Scientist which explains why Antarctic ice is increasing despite Global Warming.

Perhaps if you did some RESEARCH before SHOUTING YOUR MOUTH OFF, we might just take you seriously.

22 April 2009 at 21:29  
Blogger Julian Dobson said...

Maybe the opportunities have been missed because the government has failed to acknowledge the underlying issues - some thoughts on that here.

23 April 2009 at 00:53  
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23 April 2009 at 16:45  
Blogger Adrian Windisch said...

Good post Rupert, comprehensive. I would add that £500m on new homes was a bit worrying, if they are to build on flood plains under the misused term 'eco towns'.

24 April 2009 at 12:16  

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The Labour government today missed a golden opportunity to create huge numbers of jobs in emerging industries, says the Green Party.
 
Dr Caroline Lucas MEP, the Green Party's leader, told Radio 4's The World at One today that the government is throwing away the potential to create hundreds of thousands of extra jobs by failing to invest adequately in insulating buildings, in solar energy and other renewables, in upgrading the electricity grid, in public transport and in new skills training.
 
Britain is lagging behind other countries in the "greenness" of its so-called "green stimulus" plan, she said - against the advice of its own advisors. Dr Lucas pointed out that the government's own watchdog, the Sustainable Development Commission, (SDC) had proposed a £30bn package very similar to the Green Party's Budget proposals - and which SDC calculated would create 800,000 jobs.
 
She described the chancellor's "green stimulus" as "one-tenth or less of what it should be" if the UK were to meet serious emissions targets and maximise the job-creation potential of sectors like energy, where renewables sustain far more jobs per megawatt than either nuclear or coal.
 
On scrappage, Caroline Lucas disagreed that this would create significant numbers of jobs, but proposed a better way forward. She said the way to go was to build cars to last, and refit and improve them over time - which would reduce the associated energy while significantly increasing the amount of labour involved, by comparison with new manufacture.
 
Rupert Read, Prospective MEP for Eastern Region said
 
"The Chancellor talked bravely about low carbon technologies, but as usual, the detail of his proposals dont square up. More money for "clean coal" means less money for renewable energy investment here in Eastern England. The money allocated for offshore wind is welcome, but totally insufficient. This budget therefore involves another mis-allocation of resources, missing the huge open goal that the Greens keep pointing to: the chance to generate lots of sustainable jobs - and particularly right here in our part of the country."
 
James Abbott, Green Party Eastern Region European Election candidate said
 
"The breath-taking levels of borrowing and debt announced by the Chancellor come about of course as a direct result of the abject faulure to regulate the financial industry which for many years binged on dodgy deals and encouraged unrestrained credit. The danger in the next few years is that the level of government debt and borrowing is so high, that economic policies become focussed only on tackling that debt, leading to swinging cuts in essential public servcies and cuts in much needed green investment. 
 
"On June 4th, voters have an opportunity to send a strong message to the politicians who have got us into this mess, and we would encourage them to exercise this by voting Green."  

ENDS
 
Notes: Budget proposals and Green Party response

 

Proposal

Green Party response

£1bn on climate change including £435m energy efficiency, £525m offshore wind

Far too little, needs to be 10 to 15 times as much.

A year ago borrowing this year would be £38 billion, by the autumn it was £118 billion, and today £175 billion is needed

Shows folly of building public finances to rely on growth. Need to get to a stable economy.

£9bn to come from Gershon type public sector efficiency savings by 2014.

NAO has cast considerable doubt on how real previous attempts have been.  Actually a way to hide real cuts in services.

£500m on new homes.

Not enough.  And only £100m on council houses.

£2000 subsidy for a new car if car over ten years old is scrapped.

Doesn't help environment, much of carbon cost of car is in manufacture.  We need cars to last longer. 

Relatively few jobs.

Far cheaper and more effective way to cut carbon and help everyone is public transport.

Cut public sector pensions.

Average public sector pension is only £3000, reflecting poor pay. We want to see better pensions for all, and the foundation is a better state pension which the Green Party would set at £165 a week.

Budgeting carbon emissions.

Greens did this in 2007!  And we need 10% annual cuts, not 1-2%.

Money for Carbon Capture and Storage demonstration projects.

Untried technology, will arrive too late. We need things that work now like insulation, wind, solar.

Higher rate tax relief on pensions removed for those above £150,000.

Welcome - this is existing Green Party policy.

50% tax rate for incomes above £150,000.

Welcome, but only a start.

£1.7bn extra help for jobseekers.

But only £250m for training. Help with finding a job no good if there are no jobs to find. Training though is a useful way for unemployed people to spend time when jobs are short.

Incentives to get more oil from the North Sea.

Bizarre when we want to cut carbon.

 
 
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