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DECC releases new video in series promoting Energy Challenge

Animated short focusses on government’s £176bn investment in energy infrastructure

DECC video imageThe Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has released the second in its three-part video series focusing on the importance of low-carbon energy generation.

The newest animated short discusses a vital facet to helping the UK to reach its decarbonisation targets: new energy infrastructure.

Energy takes precedent

According to DECC, the scale at which plans are being made for infrastructure and investment dwarf any other sector, including transport.

£176 billion will be invested in energy over the next decade, with £110 billion of that planned for electricity alone. Energy Secretary Ed Davey announced the new initiative earlier this month, saying the plans would support up to 250,000 jobs “up and down the supply chain.”

This message is reiterated in the new video, which points out that the plans will not only help the country reach decarbonisation targets, but investment in this area will also improve the economy by creating opportunities for local workers and businesses:

“Energy is one of the biggest opportunities to kick-start growth and boost employment. It has a bigger infrastructure investment pipeline than transport, broadband, water and waste combined and the projects are widely spread geographically. Many projects are shovel ready – there are £23 billion of near-term projects already through the planning pipeline.”

  • barometer

    More than a third of MPs are “buy to let” landlords so it makes sense to scrap council houses and housing associations.

    • John Lloyd

      How about the MPs second homes and tenants of private rented houses should have a right to buy with discount I have never had to rent in my life thank god but some of the rubbish the private sector rent out and in a lot of cases at very high rents that the tax payer ends up footing the bill which in turn makes a lot of rich Tory’s

  • Bazza

    Their is only one reason why landlords buy property to let and that is mainly to make an excessive profit for themselves. They do not have the interest of the tenant at heart, the majority of landlords charge excessive rental fees and give very little in return to the tenant, avoiding essential maintenance whenever they can.
    For information, I am not a tenant and never have been, I am an houseowner of a very nice detached property but I have worked in the building trade looking after property maintenance and can say apart from the odd exception the majority of landlords are in the business for their own profit.

    • Trisha Kassandra

      I must have the landlord from heaven ….same rent as when i moved in in June 2005 !! Yes thats right no increase in 10years and any repair or problem sorted within 72 hours without any upfront costs or claim back the money from her. …she never bothers me …i have seen her 3 times in 10yrs but she is always there on end of the fone any time ……i want to move but so reluctant when i hear others landlord horror stories

    • Desmojonic

      Hi Bazza,
      I had a property I could not sell during the downturn, that made me an unwilling landlord. I had to buy as a ‘first time buyer’ without all the assistance they rightly get. Thankfully I could raise a modest release on my old property along with my wife’s savings to but our own modest property. I’m now stuck in a house smaller than that which is normally enjoy, after years of working hard I might add. I’m forced to spread my load across two properties one being afforded through rent to pay a BTL mortgage and doubling my risk across two houses as well as a tenant who so take full responsibility for (as last Wed when she called to tell me the ceiling had sprung a leak at 06h23!) I looked after her! I’ll continue to do so.
      May I suggest you get your facts straight before making sweeping generalisations about people in this country. People live on what they can, most aren’t rich, most ate like you and I. Some have 2 or more properties, some through choice, others not. If you have a personal opinion based on that which you have seen; fine. Stick to those facts my friend. Not all landlords are callous and cruel. I certainly ain’t. You ever find yourself on the skids, give me a call I’d be happy to look after you too if so can.

    • Murray Snudge

      Hey Bazza, there are more bad tenants than bad landlords – that’s a fact!

  • Rog

    I live in the North-west of England where property is considerably cheaper than in London. I wouldn’t live anywhere near London if you paid me. Why should my taxes subsidise the purchase of expensive property in London?

  • Hammy

    I have been a landlord in the past (with very mixed results), and I have no problem with other people buying to let. I have to laugh at rather ridiculous comments from people like Bazza. OF COURSE landlords are doing it for a profit – exactly the same as EVERY other business (including charities). The sole reason companies are formed is to make a profit – indeed it is their primary DUTY (in law) to act in the financial interests of their share-holders. If Bazza worked and not made a profit by doing so he wouldn’t have lasted very long in business would he? Just what are people like him smoking I wonder – obviously some very good “stuff”! Get real people.

  • philip allen

    Hi Bazza,
    I’m a landlord running a business. I run my business to make a profit, just like millions of people around the world, including yourself running your building business. If you don’t make a profit as a builder I suggest you try another trade. Don’t be afraid of making a profit if you offer a good service.