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2010 Budget - 22 June 2010
The Chancellor has this afternoon delivered the June 2010 Budget Statement to the House of Commons.
The Budget sets out a comprehensive and credible plan to deal with the nation's debts and significantly accelerate the reduction in the budget deficit over the course of this Parliament. Deficit reduction and ensuring economic recovery are the most urgent issues facing the UK and the Government's top priorities.
Green Britain Day - 17 June 2010
Greg Barker joined Danielle Lineker, Lauren Laverne and Jamelia outside the Houses of Parliament today to mark the second annual Green Britain Day, created by London 2012 sustainability partner, EDF Energy.
Greg Barker MP commented,
"I’m thrilled to join Lauren, Danielle and Jamelia, as they go green to celebrate EDF Energy’s Green Britain Day. The work that they’ve done is testament to the simple and effective changes we can all make to save both energy and money. Reducing our carbon footprints will make a positive difference to both the environment and our energy bills. Even small changes in our daily lives can add up to big differences so today I am happy to be supporting Team Green Britain."
In a separate event, Greg Barker will be speaking at the IPPR at 1430 this afternoon on international climate change.
Greg Barker visits insulation training academy - 11 June 2010
Climate Change Minister Greg Barker visited Leicester yesterday to visit Mark Group’s state of the art training academy.
The academy houses mock up homes for trainees to gain the best on-the-job experience before they formally qualify as insulation installers. Making homes more energy efficient will help the UK meet its climate targets, help residents cut fuel bills, and create new job and business opportunities.
During the visit, the Minister met the 1000th trainee to graduate from the academy since it opened in 2008. Greg Barker, said: "It is great to meet the faces of the future who, in time, will be making homes in Leicester and across the country warmer, cheaper to run and better for the planet."
Have your say on energy and climate change policy - 07 June 2010
Do you want to help shape the Coalition Government's energy and climate change policies? The Programme for Government website gives you the opportunity to enter public discussion on key areas. Departments will then use comments for policy development and the Government will also respond in coming weeks to the most popular areas of feedback. The comments function on the website will close at the end of Thursday 10 June.
Energy Bill announced in Queen's Speech - 25 May 2010
Legislation will be introduced to improve energy efficiency in British homes and businesses, to promote low carbon energy production, and to secure our energy supplies. The Bill is to provide a step change in the provision of energy efficiency measures to homes and businesses, and to put in place a framework to deliver a future with secure, low carbon energy supplies and fair competition in the energy markets.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Chris Huhne said,
"The Queen's Speech and last week's programme of Government make clear that energy security and taking real action to tackle climate change aren't add on extras for this new Government, but are vital to our national interest."
"The Energy Bill is designed to help consumers put a stop to wasting energy in their homes through a green deal while making sure our energy system is fit for the 21st century."
Departmental Savings Announcement - 24 May 2010
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced this morning £6.2 billion of cuts in this year’s spending. As part of the Whitehall-wide effort to reduce the deficit, DECC is making savings of £85m which will be delivered from cutting waste and inefficiency, and reducing lower priority programme spend:
- £4.8m from the department’s administrative costs including savings on pay and travel
- £20.2m from efficiencies across the Department’s delivery bodies
- £26m from other efficiencies including £6m by targeting lower impact spend in the Regional Development Agencies, and reducing their running costs
- £34m from business support programmes including moving forward closure of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme.