16 August 2022 – today’s press releases

  • Pay squeeze: Families are being hammered by a cost of living catastrophe
  • Lib Dems: As the country floods, water companies are pumping out untold amounts of sewage

Pay squeeze: Families are being hammered by a cost of living catastrophe

Responding to the latest monthly wage figures which show real-term wages falling by 3%, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Sarah Olney MP said:

Families are being hammered by a cost of living catastrophe and yet the Government is nowhere to be found.

This Zombie Government has no plan and is failing our country. People can’t wait any longer for the Conservatives to play out their horror show leadership contest.

Liberal Democrats are calling for energy bills to be frozen this winter and for Parliament to be recalled to put these plans into law.

Lib Dems: As the country floods, water companies are pumping out untold amounts of sewage

Commenting on the latest flash flooding across the UK, Liberal Democrat Environment Spokesperson Tim Farron MP said:

These flash floods mean water companies are once again pumping untold amounts of sewage out behind the masquerade of storm overflows.

After living with scorching weather for weeks, residents in these areas will now be forced to endure raw sewage in the streets, overflowing from our rivers, and clogging our shorelines.

If the Conservative Government had put an end to water companies injecting waste into our waterways last Autumn, we wouldn’t be in this mess, or having to wade through it.

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16 Comments

  • Kyle Harrison 17th Aug '22 - 8:23am

    The Lab/ Lib plan is not the best for the environment and is regressive since you bail out people with the money to pay the extra bills. By stopping the rise, you encourage people to keep using more energy rather than respond to the price signal and limit their usage. Limiting usage is good for the planet and boosts our energy security. Frankly, Rishi’s plan is best. Help with targeted support to those that need it. Unfortunately, Rishi is probably going to get rejected by the turnip Taliban. Party memberships really are the worst (a lot of the time). I wish MPs just choose leaders.

  • nigel hunter 17th Aug '22 - 9:31am

    With draught reducing the water levels in rivers etc.the release of sewage into those waters is more concentrated and can pollute,therefore damage fish and the environment. Equally with the flooding this effluent can wander the streets polluting everywhere.We need policies that put the onus on water companies.

  • Nonconformistradical 17th Aug '22 - 9:36am

    “We need policies that put the onus on water companies.”
    Agreed but we also need effective regulation and enforcement processes.

  • Kyle Harrison 17th Aug ’22 – 8:23am……………….The Lab/ Lib plan is not the best for the environment and is regressive since you bail out people with the money to pay the extra bills. By stopping the rise, you encourage people to keep using more energy rather than respond to the price signal and limit their usage…………………….

    Apart from the fact that the Labour/LibDem plan already contains, behind the ‘headline’, extra help for the least well off what should the ‘targeted’ cut-off point depend on; Income, dependent children, housing cost, national location, state of insulation, etc., etc.?

    It is faster, easier and less costly to administrate just to freeze the rise .. Having a ‘Means Test’ based system leads to mistakes, delays, appeals and, ultimately, deaths

  • Tristan Ward 17th Aug '22 - 10:49am

    I do think there’s a lot to be said for a tiered tarrif as suggested by some here a few days ago. A certain amount of power cheap for all and prices ramp up as consumption rises.

    And I agree that merely capping costs relaxes the incentive to reduce consumption.

    Given this is a supply side shock the ultimate aim of policy must be to bring supply and demand back into balance as quickly by reducing consumption (especially hydrocarbon based) and increasing supply (ideally renewable only) while tiding people over as best we can.

  • A downside of a tiered tarrif is that the mega-rich will continue to mega-consume. Some form of rationing might be required, as in food rationing in WW2.

  • Peter Hirst 17th Aug '22 - 1:35pm

    What our multiple crises are showing is the neglected state of our infrastructure, something that has been apparent for decades. It is not easy to argue for such investment at a time of a cost of living crisis. However, there is never a good time and we have long argued for borrowing to invest so let’s get on with it.

  • Jenny Barnes 17th Aug '22 - 3:23pm

    “A downside of a tiered {tariff} is that the mega-rich will continue to mega-consume.”
    If the initial tier – say 2 MWh of electric and 5 MWh gas pa was priced at 10p & 3p respectively (as it was before the gas prices soared) with no standing charges, then it’s fine if they mega consume – as they will be subsidising the lower priced tier by paying high prices for the extra they consume and covering the standing charges for everyone.

  • Tristan Ward 17th Aug ’22 – 10:49am…..I do think there’s a lot to be said for a tiered tarrif as suggested by some here a few days ago. A certain amount of power cheap for all and prices ramp up as consumption rises. And I agree that merely capping costs relaxes the incentive to reduce consumption…….

    So, I’ll add ‘power consumption’ to my target list. What about the housebound ill/elderly/disabled or single mums with young children, etc., These are all relatively high energy consumers. Once you ‘means test’ anything there are those who fall through the cracks and, this winter, that ‘crack’ could be misery or even death…

  • Nonconformistradical 17th Aug '22 - 3:48pm

    @Ann Bailey
    “What about the housebound ill/elderly/disabled or single mums with young children, etc., These are all relatively high energy consumers.”
    Get their homes properly insulated and get the oil and gas companies to pay for it.

  • Also get the oil and gas companies to pay for electric cars and air-conditioning for everybody and also for 250 million more trees a year for shade.

  • Peter Davies 18th Aug '22 - 7:50am

    The best way to target help on energy bills is not to link the help to energy bills at all.

    Give the poor enough money to pay the higher bills through existing mechanisms like Universal Credit.

  • Nonconformistradical 17th Aug ’22 – 3:48pm
    @Ann Bailey
    “What about the housebound ill/elderly/disabled or single mums with young children, etc., These are all relatively high energy consumers.”
    Get their homes properly insulated and get the oil and gas companies to pay for it..

    All before the winter? Good luck with that!

    Some of the comments are akin to telling a starving man that he should wait for next year’s harvest…

    Chris, You forgot the unicorns😉

  • Please no Big Oil funded unicorn hunt, Ann, until they have paid for everyone’s breakfast cereal for the year. You know it makes sense.

    Plus water companies to pay for everyone’s boxer trunks and bikinis. Ample briefs considered for the elderly.

  • Nonconformistradical 18th Aug '22 - 11:09am

    @Ann Bailey
    “All before the winter? Good luck with that!”

    We might be a good deal further along the road if David Cameron hadn’t decided to ‘cut all that green whatsit… https://www.theguardian.com/money/2022/mar/19/david-cameron-green-crap-energy-prices

  • Nonconformistradical 18th Aug ’22 – 11:09am…@Ann Bailey
    “All before the winter? Good luck with that!”…We might be a good deal further along the road if David Cameron hadn’t decided to ‘cut all that green whatsit…

    Sadly, NC, we are where we are and using past failures to do nothing isn’t helpful. It is obvious that Cameron’s folly will be as nothing to the current crop of Tories.. The long term solution a) getting rid of this lot, b) insulation, insulation, insulation c) public ownership and .d) sustainable investment in ‘green’ energy.

    But, immediately, we must take whatever steps are needed to reduce fuel poverty and the ‘heat or eat’ culture. Starmer has a plan; it isn’t perfect (such plans never are) but it will give great help.

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