energy prices

Labour success in Southend: delivering cheaper energy prices


fuel poverty

The Cabinet committee of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council met yesterday afternoon, at the Civic Centre. Which doesn’t sound all that exciting, right?

But as I said at the start of this week, it is exactly that sort of committee (Particularly this committee -Ed) at which the bulk of the Council’s work is done. So although I wasn’t able to actually attend, and it sadly isn’t webcast like meetings of the full council are, the agenda and papers for the meeting are certainly worth having a glance over.

Which is how I noticed agenda item 13, “Community Energy Project”, and the attached report. At paragraph 1.1, said report outlines its purpose as a particularly exciting and radical project to be undertaken by the council:

To seek approval to create a Southend Energy company to provide a direct offer to residents and businesses within the Borough.

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Rochford & Southend East has the worst fuel poverty in Essex


burning money

Being a bit of a stats nerd, I generally find myself immured to shocking revelations from statistics. Occasionally, though, when numbers are bound up with a strong human or social element, I do find myself astounded and even horrified.

A few months back, for example, when I ran the numbers on police cuts in Essex and discovered the dizzying numbers of officers, PCSOs and backroom staff which had been lost to budget cuts.

This dwarfs that, though.

With thanks to Julian Ware-Lane for crunching the numbers, Rochford & Southend East (the constituency in which I live) is ranked worst in the whole of Essex for fuel poverty.

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