Mortgage borrowers face biggest rise in interest payments since financial crisis - the Office for Budget Responsibility has warned mortgage interest payments to surge by 13% in 2023, the biggest rise since the financial crisis: Average mortgage borrower to see monthly payments rise by £510 a year.
In Green Liberal Democrats we are adamant. Making energy saving the nation's first priority is the best way forward.
Compare the limited £3.9 billion announced over 3 years, to provide only 90,000 homes with a new type of hearing, with the £150 billion programme LibDem Leader, Ed Davey, proposes.
That will insulate the social housing stock and help homeowners. How? Industry will develop new materials and switch to new products with technology we know about and some new that we don't know about now, to all but completely free us from the need for heating new domestic and commercial buildings. Changing regulations is key. If everyone has to meet the new regulations the scale of the market for sustainable tech will bring down prices in a competitive market.
How will we pay for insulating homes?
Vulnerability to escalating gas cost now shows that it won't take many years to recoup the cost to retrofit an existing property. The right government programme LibDems propose will result in the same quality of replacement technologies that will be m used by a newly sustainable industry supplying to new homes.
The insulation of older homes will be much more complicated than for a new home and costly.
Simple starts include thermal blinds until the windows need replacing. Then make it triple glazing and keep the blinds! The walls are complicated. It's the challenge every householder must tackle over time.
Here in politics, government allows some big picture oddities. Consider this. At least two oil companies announced plans to buy back shares with spare profits. Their industry is subsidised. How's that wise? Sorry, that's a silly question with a government that talks about a new language in politics but spends more of its time covering up bad judgment and preference of donors. That could be explained by the £18 million in donations to the Conservative Party from developers.
That means archaic building regulations will persist, with 20% plus profit margins in a cartel that sees too few homes built to bring supply up to demand, rabbit hutches and a generation that can't really afford a home.
Then things get technical. Homes that don't include what's permitted in solar, haven't a hope of going above that level to tiles and 3 phase, to enable the whole roof of all new buildings to be covered in solar. The regulations stifle the ability for those buildings to be carbon neutral on day one. 3 phase is needed beyond the currently permitted solar panel limit.
A government that swaps Ministers and doesn't get to the bottom of the numbers is all unfortunate for future generations and that's who we must ask to vote for us to change all this.
Are you asking how it can it change, when lobby groups with money from the fossil fuel industry are heard and listened to, above the voice of the people, the science and reason? If we can get people to see that, their votes can help us to make the changes needed. Right now you can join the LibDems, help start and become active in a Green LibDem group in your region.
Reacting to new statistics which show there are a record 5.7m people in England waiting for hospital treatment - a figure growing by 100,000 a month - Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Health and Social Care Munira Wilson MP said:
"These damning figures show the government is failing to get to grips with the crisis facing the NHS.
The autumn party conferences traditionally mark the start of the new political season. They are a time to reflect on the past year and set out plans to succeed in the coming year.
Both politics and coronavirus have made it a tough time since the last round of conferences. But we can look forward to this new political season with confidence that if we continue to raise our game, we can prosper. We've seen signs of that already, including with Sarah Green's fantastic win in Chesham and Amersham and also with the latest net favourability leadership polling from Savanta ComRes:
Black History Month UK is a celebration of Black history, arts and culture that takes place throughout October every year. The event provides an important opportunity to highlight and learn about Black history and heritage, and the way that people of African and Caribbean descent have shaped our nation's story.
October is Black History Month - an opportunity to celebrate the enormous contributions that Black people have made across our country. FromMary Prince to Paul Stephenson, so many Black pioneers have transformed our society's cultural and political landscapes. We owe a great debt to everything they have achieved.
Yet here in the UK,far too many people's livesare still blighted by discrimination, inequality and injustice. This Summer, the Euros championship exposed the best and worst of our country's relationship with race. The incredible achievements of Black players like Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka made us all proud. They united the whole country behind them - and most courageously, these young Black men took the knee to protest the racism that they have sadly experienced. But they were met with abuse from a small minority of the public. These heroes were booed and subjected to vile, racist online abuse - actions that were emboldened by the Prime Minister and Home Secretary's refusal to support their brave protest. Our country needs leaders who will unequivocally condemn racism in all its forms, and give their full support to those who - having experienced it - challenge it. Liberal Democratsexist tofight for justice, liberty and equality. I'm proud that we continue to fight for racial justice - and it's clear there is still so much more to do. That's why we are campaigning to abolish the Conservatives' cruel and discriminatory Hostile Environment, and end the disproportionate use of Stop and Search. And we will keep working to combat racism - whether conscious or unconscious, individual or institutional - wherever we find it. Over the next month, I hope you will join me in reflecting on the great accomplishments of Black communities and working to build on their legacies.
At 9am on Thursday 9 September, Chesterfield Borough Council will proudly raise the 999-Emergency Services Day flag above Chesterfield Town Hall, as public buildings across the country fly the flag to show their appreciation for emergency service workers.