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Paul Johnson from the Institute for Fiscal Studies tells @BBCr4today say Labour's plan to cancel the energy price cap rise - if extended from the 6 months they propose to a year - would be "looking at the cost of furlough."
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He says it would achieve protecting everyone from price increases and says Labour's costings are "frankly" more than we've had from government or Tory leadership candidates. But he says "if this goes on for a very long time you cannot protect everyone all of the time."
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Labour say cancelling the rise will bring inflation, & interest on govt debt payments, down but he adds: "that's true this year but assuming this is only a temporary subsidy then over time the average rate of inflation won't change, so that's not a real saving...in the long run."
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He adds: "All of this is predicated on the assumption this won't go on forever... If it does we have to find other ways to get that money...Or cushion people rather less."
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In response, Keir Starmer says what isn't disputed is "our plan will reduce inflation" and of course what happens after April matters - he argues this is why in the medium to long term measures like ramping up household inflation are introduced too.
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Ione Wells retweeted
Labour has called for an extension of the tax on oil and gas companies to fund a freeze in the energy price cap at £1,971.. Political correspondent Ione Wells told #BBCBreakfast the cost of living crisis is the key issue for all political parties bbc.co.uk/news/business-6254…
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Ione Wells retweeted
‘We felt he was a free man again’ @MishalHusain speaks to friends and supporters of Salman Rushdie about how he lived with threats for years. bbc.in/3SYxley | #R4Today
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🧵 As energy increasingly becomes the Tory leadership candidates’ focus, it’s worth revisiting the government’s *own data* on what energy sources (from fracking to renewables) are more or less popular with the public — and how that compares/differs to rhetoric from candidates…
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1) Support for renewables is high. Only 7% of people would oppose a solar panel farm in their area versus 54% who would be ‘very happy’ or ‘happy.’ 🌞 The figures are 12% vs. 43% for onshore wind - higher in North East, South West, Wales, East, North West, South East etc. 💨
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The main reasons people cite for being happy with an onshore wind or solar farm in their area are 1. Sustainable energy 2. Reducing emissions 3. Lower dependence on foreign energy 4. Cheaper to produce 5. Produce jobs
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The government’s data on fracking on the other hand says “opposition to fracking clearly outweighed support. 17% supported fracking, 4% strongly versus 45% who opposed with 22% strongly opposing.
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More people support than oppose using nuclear energy ☢️ 37% support vs. 14% oppose - though a good chunk (28%) don’t know. But overall research suggests the public are more positive than negative about nuclear. All data from BEIS own latest public attitudes data.
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This data is gathered on a quarterly basis and, yes, these are the stats from the latest survey. But I’ve been examining these government data updates every quarter and the trends about what is popular and what isn’t among the public have remained consistent.
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Of course this Tory leadership contest is about appealing to party members, not the whole electorate, but it’s worth noting as energy prices continue to soar that the winner’s next challenge will be convincing the public their plans are popular and will bring costs down quickly.
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A woman assaulted by her politician husband says she is 'appalled and disappointed' that Plaid Cymru has reinstated him as an MP for the party. bbc.in/3JOXf02
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Ione Wells retweeted
This winter many households will not pay their energy bills because they cant. The government will then have a choice to either distribute more money to consumers directly or make a quasi nationalisation intervention in energy market like banking crisis of 2008…1/
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Nine in 10 NHS dental practices across the UK are not accepting new adult patients for treatment under the health service, a BBC investigation has found. bbc.co.uk/news/health-622538…
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Ione Wells retweeted
Pack up your hamper and join #BBCNewscast for a political picnic with @AdamFleming @chrismasonBBC and @Ionewells to look back on the last 12 months 🍰 Listen now on @BBCSounds bbc.in/3QtxmVw
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