Threat to bid to improve draughty homes following Government U-turn

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Insulation plans hit by ‘dirty deal’ Insulation plans hit by ‘dirty deal’

Ambitious plans to insulate 1,200 draughty Bradford homes – and cut energy bills – are hanging by a thread after a Government U-turn.

Bradford Council is poised to dramatically downgrade the project after funding was slashed in what has been dubbed a “dirty deal with the energy companies”.

It had hoped to put in 1,600 energy efficiency improvements – in 1,200 homes across Bradford – including replacement boilers, as well as better insulation.

But the ‘b-warm’ project has hit trouble because of David Cameron’s controversial decision, last December, to remove some so-called ‘green levies’ from energy bills.

Under fierce pressure after Labour’s pledge to freeze bills, the Prime Minister was reported to have ordered aides to “get rid of all the green crap”.

As a result, the energy company obligation, an insulation scheme delivered by major energy suppliers, was cut back, taking £30 to £35 off bills.

However, Labour has now uncovered 49 schemes around the country – including the one in Bradford – which have been scrapped or put on hold, as a result.

The project started last September, but a Council spokesman said: “The scheme will go ahead, but new targets for the scheme are currently being revised.

“The number of properties that could be expected to benefit, and measures delivered, are likely to be significantly reduced.

“This will especially apply to targets for ‘hard to treat’ measures (such as solid wall insulation, or irregular cavities) that were to be a major part of the project”.

Across the UK, at least 54,000 homes will not now be insulated, according to Freedom of Information responses from 146 local authorities.

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6:12am Sat 15 Mar 14

Whatthejuice says...

This story reads like a party political broadcast !
This story reads like a party political broadcast ! Whatthejuice
  • Score: 5

6:20am Sat 15 Mar 14

RollandSmoke says...

“get rid of all the green crap”. I'm confused. Is this parliamentary speak or did someone ask Cameron what his headmaster at Eton had told him to do when his mates got expelled?
“get rid of all the green crap”. I'm confused. Is this parliamentary speak or did someone ask Cameron what his headmaster at Eton had told him to do when his mates got expelled? RollandSmoke
  • Score: -5

10:19am Sat 15 Mar 14

The Hoffster says...

In light of this, I think we should all have a dirty protest.
In light of this, I think we should all have a dirty protest. The Hoffster
  • Score: 0

4:03pm Sat 15 Mar 14

RollandSmoke says...

Off topic I know but as there are far more posters on here with links to political parties than genuine members of the public I figured one of them would be able to confirm or deny this accusation made by a right wing website.

“Exclusive: Rigby killers shown as Labour Party activists in leaked documents
Posted on March 8, 2014 by Joshua Bonehill

In a new document leaked by the BALE on Sunday, the Killers who brutally murdered Lee Rigby in Woolwich last year have been identified as Labour Party activists.

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale are now safely behind bars where they belong but more facts are emerging about their shady past that led to the killing of Lee Rigby in Woolwich last year. A document handed to the BALE on sunday shows that both the Rigby killers were Labour party activists connected to Croydon Labour.

The two Islamic fanatics joined the Labour Party in 2007 and reportedly Michael Adebolajo was due to stand for election in croydon during the 2010 elections but pulled out at last minute due to health issues.”

Now I'm not saying it's a lie even though I'm well aware of the right wing's extremely flexible attitude to the truth and I'm not saying it's true although if it is then there are questions to be asked as to why it has taken so long for this information to come out? Is this an example of a pre-election dirty tricks campaign?
Off topic I know but as there are far more posters on here with links to political parties than genuine members of the public I figured one of them would be able to confirm or deny this accusation made by a right wing website. “Exclusive: Rigby killers shown as Labour Party activists in leaked documents Posted on March 8, 2014 by Joshua Bonehill In a new document leaked by the BALE on Sunday, the Killers who brutally murdered Lee Rigby in Woolwich last year have been identified as Labour Party activists. Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale are now safely behind bars where they belong but more facts are emerging about their shady past that led to the killing of Lee Rigby in Woolwich last year. A document handed to the BALE on sunday shows that both the Rigby killers were Labour party activists connected to Croydon Labour. The two Islamic fanatics joined the Labour Party in 2007 and reportedly Michael Adebolajo was due to stand for election in croydon during the 2010 elections but pulled out at last minute due to health issues.” Now I'm not saying it's a lie even though I'm well aware of the right wing's extremely flexible attitude to the truth and I'm not saying it's true although if it is then there are questions to be asked as to why it has taken so long for this information to come out? Is this an example of a pre-election dirty tricks campaign? RollandSmoke
  • Score: -5

7:15pm Sat 15 Mar 14

RollandSmoke says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
Off topic I know but as there are far more posters on here with links to political parties than genuine members of the public I figured one of them would be able to confirm or deny this accusation made by a right wing website.

“Exclusive: Rigby killers shown as Labour Party activists in leaked documents
Posted on March 8, 2014 by Joshua Bonehill

In a new document leaked by the BALE on Sunday, the Killers who brutally murdered Lee Rigby in Woolwich last year have been identified as Labour Party activists.

Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale are now safely behind bars where they belong but more facts are emerging about their shady past that led to the killing of Lee Rigby in Woolwich last year. A document handed to the BALE on sunday shows that both the Rigby killers were Labour party activists connected to Croydon Labour.

The two Islamic fanatics joined the Labour Party in 2007 and reportedly Michael Adebolajo was due to stand for election in croydon during the 2010 elections but pulled out at last minute due to health issues.”

Now I'm not saying it's a lie even though I'm well aware of the right wing's extremely flexible attitude to the truth and I'm not saying it's true although if it is then there are questions to be asked as to why it has taken so long for this information to come out? Is this an example of a pre-election dirty tricks campaign?
No reply?. Can't say I'm suprised, I mean it's not like the Labour party wold keep records of who their activists are or who was intending to stand for election. Perhaps it's because the time they were alleged to be Labour party activists coincided with the time Adebolajo was supposed to have been linked up with Anjem Choudry right up till the time he traveled to Kenya. What I really don't get is why the Muslims have gone along with the Comrade Ogilvy charade for so long. Oh but he CONVERTED to Islam didn't he shortly after leaving the school for the performing arts that he attended so therefore the Muslims must shoulder some responsibility. I'm thinking of converting myself, all you need is a few key words and a scarf.
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: Off topic I know but as there are far more posters on here with links to political parties than genuine members of the public I figured one of them would be able to confirm or deny this accusation made by a right wing website. “Exclusive: Rigby killers shown as Labour Party activists in leaked documents Posted on March 8, 2014 by Joshua Bonehill In a new document leaked by the BALE on Sunday, the Killers who brutally murdered Lee Rigby in Woolwich last year have been identified as Labour Party activists. Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale are now safely behind bars where they belong but more facts are emerging about their shady past that led to the killing of Lee Rigby in Woolwich last year. A document handed to the BALE on sunday shows that both the Rigby killers were Labour party activists connected to Croydon Labour. The two Islamic fanatics joined the Labour Party in 2007 and reportedly Michael Adebolajo was due to stand for election in croydon during the 2010 elections but pulled out at last minute due to health issues.” Now I'm not saying it's a lie even though I'm well aware of the right wing's extremely flexible attitude to the truth and I'm not saying it's true although if it is then there are questions to be asked as to why it has taken so long for this information to come out? Is this an example of a pre-election dirty tricks campaign?[/p][/quote]No reply?. Can't say I'm suprised, I mean it's not like the Labour party wold keep records of who their activists are or who was intending to stand for election. Perhaps it's because the time they were alleged to be Labour party activists coincided with the time Adebolajo was supposed to have been linked up with Anjem Choudry right up till the time he traveled to Kenya. What I really don't get is why the Muslims have gone along with the Comrade Ogilvy charade for so long. Oh but he CONVERTED to Islam didn't he shortly after leaving the school for the performing arts that he attended so therefore the Muslims must shoulder some responsibility. I'm thinking of converting myself, all you need is a few key words and a scarf. RollandSmoke
  • Score: -5

8:49am Sun 16 Mar 14

Dr Martin says...

The Hoffster wrote:
In light of this, I think we should all have a dirty protest.
I think a few stoners would be happy with that
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: In light of this, I think we should all have a dirty protest.[/p][/quote]I think a few stoners would be happy with that Dr Martin
  • Score: 1

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