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MSE News: Winter chill sparks cold weather payments

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Energy
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Former_MSE_JamieFormer_MSE_Jamie
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Energy
"Those eligible for cold weather payments get £25 for each seven day period of bitterly chilly conditions..."
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  • Ken68Ken68 Forumite
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    I think these benefits should be conditional on proved recommended loft and other insulation. And that draught proofing has been done or even an energy survey.
  • that would be an impossibility , i live in a gentoo house , and my draught insulation means i can only get 3 fingers in the gaps between my doors instead of a whole hand,
  • Ken68 wrote: »
    I think these benefits should be conditional on proved recommended loft and other insulation. And that draught proofing has been done or even an energy survey.

    And then the problems arise.
    Do you subsidise pensioners who can't get stuff out of an attic to make it insulatable?

    Who recommends?
    If you are going to require specific improvements are done - are you going to be responsible for consequential property damage?

    (Insulation in the wrong places can cause severe condensation inside the structure leading to damage)

    The current energy policy is insane, with perverse incentives.

    There are large numbers of unconnected subsidy policies that need to be integrated into one policy.

    Wind/solar/oil/nuclear large scale subsidy.
    Low rate VAT on fuel.
    Reduced VAT on installation of energy saving materials.
    RHI/FIT for microgeneration.
    Winter fuel payments.
    Cold weather payments.
    Warm Front
    Warm home discount
    Green Deal
    Subsidisation of high users by low users through first rate energy rates.
    Free insulation schemes.
    'Zero carbon homes'.
    Bioethanol and biodiesel in transport fuels.
    Economy 7.

    I suspect I've missed some.
  • Ken68Ken68 Forumite
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    Yes Roger I agree. Policies need joining.
    What prompted me to reply to Jamie's post was the number of houses down my street with minimal loft insulation.
    Easily checked after snow or hard frost. Matched up with old people who are obviously cash poor.
    My guess is that these subsidies are more to create jobs and keep business in business, and a slice off the top for the administrators.
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