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GMB Scotland Warns Renewables Subsidies Are 'Flat Tax' On Poorest

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Union responds to new UK Government’s onshore wind consultation which reaffirms £730m renewables subsidy

GMB, the union for energy workers, has warned that the system of energy subsidies must undergo a “radical rethink” as the UK government has announced a consultation on whether to give subsidies to onshore wind developments.

The UK government has said the consultation showed that it had listened to representations from Scotland and the renewable energy industry on the matter of subsidies.

The new consultation forms part of the UK government's wider announcement "to reaffirm" an earlier commitment to spend £730m of annual support to renewable electricity projects over the current term of this parliament.

Gary Smith, GMB Scotland Secretary said:

“That subsidy is levied as a flat tax on bills - and the burden for renewables subsidy has disproportionately fallen on Scotland’s poorest. It’s their money that has been used to line the pockets of the big energy companies, hedge funds and big land owners who have benefited from renewables funding. We need to radically rethink how we fund the industry going forward. "


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