Government fracking bribe: Green Party responds

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The British Government has announced new financial incentives for local authorities who accept fracking in their area.

The new proposals would mean:

– Local authorities will receive all the business rates collected from shale gas schemes – rather than the usual 50%.

– Business rates commitment would mean councils keeping up to £1.7m extra a year from each fracking site.

A spokesperson for Tameside Green Party , said:

“The Government is now bribing local residents in a desperate attempt to impose fracking on our communities. But in reality many people won’t be willing to take the risks associated with Fracking in return for the bribe. We know that Fracking is unlikely to cut bills and poses a real threat to our environment.

This bribe will mean pro-fracking councils are handed cash that could otherwise have been spent of schools, hospitals and investment in renewables.

” The Green Party is now the only major political party opposed to this dash for gas. Rather than carving up the countryside in this reckless pursuit of shale gas we desperately need investment in clean renewable energy and energy efficiency schemes so that we confront climate change and reduce people’s energy bills.”

The British Government has announced new financial incentives for local authorities who accept fracking in their area.

The new proposals would mean:

– Local authorities will receive all the business rates collected from shale gas schemes – rather than the usual 50%.

– Business rates commitment would mean councils keeping up to £1.7m extra a year from each fracking site.

Keith Taylor, the Green Party’s MEP for South East England, said:

“The Government is now bribing local residents in a desperate attempt to impose fracking on our communities. But in reality many people won’t be willing to take the risks associated with Fracking in return for the bribe. We know that Fracking is unlikely to cut bills and poses a real threat to our environment.

This bribe will mean pro-fracking councils are handed cash that could otherwise have been spent of schools, hospitals and investment in renewables.

” The Green Party is now the only major political party opposed to this dash for gas. Rather than carving up the countryside in this reckless pursuit of shale gas we desperately need investment in clean renewable energy and energy efficiency schemes so that we confront climate change and reduce people’s energy bills.”

– See more at: http://www.keithtaylormep.org.uk/2014/01/13/government-fracking-bribe-keith-responds/?utm_source=hootsuite&utm_campaign=hootsuite#sthash.6Ny0csmk.dpuf

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