FINANCIAL TIMES: Letter: Don’t limit energy measures to fiscal policy

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Period6 Sept 2022

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  • TitleLetter: Don’t limit energy measures to fiscal policy
    Media name/outletFinancial Times
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionThe latest increase to the UK’s energy price cap will have catastrophic implications for millions, so it is key that the government mobilises immediately and decisively. However, as outlined in your article “England’s councils plan ‘heat hubs’ as residents fear soaring bills” (Report,, August 30) this support should not just be limited to fiscal policy.

    Policymakers must implement practical measures to help deal with the fallout from surging prices, such as collective energy service provision — or “heat banks” — for those unable to heat their homes. Spaces such as libraries and youth centres would be ideal for this.

    We must also explore the feasibility of “heat prescription” — an idea which would allow thousands across the country to heat their homes at no extra cost to the level recommended by the NHS. Scaling up and allowing easy access to personalised household energy advice would be another step.

    All of these measures could help alleviate the impending public health disaster caused by the winter temperatures.
    PersonsStefan Bouzarovski

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