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Fracking protestors are forgetting Britain’s fuel poor

Fuel poverty advisor warns that 5 million Brits will continue to struggle to pay their bills if shale oil and gas reserves are not extracted

cold couple bundled up warm clothesDerek Lickorish, chairman of the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group, has stated that the protests currently taking place in West Sussex have overshadowed the positive effects of fracking.

He called on the government to continue to back the process and pointed out that one in five Brits are currently struggling to pay their energy bills.

The demonstrations outside energy company Cuadrilla’s Balcombe site have delayed exploratory drilling and, although protests have calmed down, a large police force remains present.

‘The voice of the fuel poor has been lost’

Speaking on the issue, Lickorish told The Times: “The voice of the fuel poor has been lost in the current frenzy taking place at Balcombe. Extracting natural gas from shale has the potential to reduce the cost of gas for heating and generating electricity.”

The Church of England also added its voice to the debate and recently issued a statement calling for people not to view fracking “through a single-issue lens.”

The Church warned against a “blanket opposition to further exploration for new sources of fuel” as this “fails to take into account those who suffer most when resources are scarce.”

Fracking ‘incompatible’ with environmental commitments

In a piece for The Independent, Caroline Lucas, head of the Green Party, said fracking was “incompatible with the Government’s international commitments to keep global warming below two degrees.”

A recent study carried out by ICM Research revealed that 44% of the British public were of the opinion that fracking should take place in the UK. 30% opposed the use of hydraulic fracturing techniques and the remaining 26% were undecided.

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  • RussellR

    “Even when consumers have kept note of how long the interest-free period
    lasts, they are unclear when it actually starts, so the offer could well
    run out sooner than expected.”

    If the consumer is unclear, then they should read the Terms and Conditions – and if they are still unsure, then ask the company rather than take the risk of missing the end of the interest free period.

    “A third of those who have taken out a 0% credit card claimed to
    have received no prior warning from their provider when their
    interest-free period would come to an end.”

    The keyword here is “claimed” – the general public have a tendency not to read financial paperwork of any kind, often on the presumption of ‘Oh I wouldn’t understand it anyway so why bother?’
    It is then somebody else’s fault when a penalty is incurred.

    We all need to get rid of this presumption that we cannot understand paperwork and give ourselves the true credit that we are not actually as stupid as we make out sometimes.

  • Gordon O’Donnell

    I complained when TSB stopped telling me when the interest free period ended. As they previously had (I was able to point out where, since they claimed it did not exist) I asked for and got the interest back , but in my case it was only a small amount anyway.

    • Martin Aymes

      My complaint relates to having two different interest free periods on the same card starting at different times. Last year I started a 23 month interest free period for a transfer fee of3% with Lloyds Bank and set up a direct debit to pay it off over the 23month period all good so far. Some 3 months later I needed to take a further interest free transfer to the same card for a fee of 1.5% but this time for a different period of 13 months again I set up to pay this off over the period by increasing my direct debit to cover. I have now discovered that although the payments set up would pay the transfers in time the payment to my credit card is all set against the first transfer until that is paid off and then will be set against the second transfer, however by the time the interest free period on the second transfer will have run out and I will be paying the normal interest rate. On complaining to Lloyds I was advised they understood the point but would not be changing the rules. I feel Lloyds are in breach of their contract conditions to provide me with interest freecapital for the various periods agreed too. ANY THOUGHTS ANYONE.