MLP Calls for Root Action to Reduce Fuel Need

The Manx Labour Party has said the increase in gas prices, which will hit islanders from Friday, is far higher than expected and called for the gov to invest in ways to cut fuel needs.

Gas prices will rise by 58% from Friday, bringing them to a level 101% above where they were last summer.

The party, which has two MHKs, said: ‘We all know there’s a global energy crisis so expected a rise, but this hike is far higher than we expected. We’re really pleased that Treasury has reacted so quickly in offering its two payments of Energy- and Family Support, but we also believe that support needs to get closer to the root of the issue.’

It added:

We need to reduce the need for fuel, by –

1) Focusing upon support for household insulation and efficiency, including how to get properties that are rented out insulated to a high standard. This needs to include training and publicity for how to do this well.

2) Government now centring direction strongly upon renewable energy generation projects.

3) There should also be a renewed focus on facilitating energy efficiency and energy generation for businesses.

4) All Government buildings and property should be surveyed to assess their potential for renewables and energy efficiency.

5) Energy efficiency standards for new homes should be increased. All new public sector homes should be superefficient.

6) Benefit rates are under review as part of the Tynwald motion from July 2021 that will link them proportionately with the living wage, so we await a longer-term announcement around this. We are aware there is a financial statement scheduled for the April sitting of Tynwald so we await to see a longer term announcement then.