Amber Rudd confronted about solar job losses as she opens Hastings jobs fair

February 26, 2016 by combehavendefenders

Local resident holds banner as Amber Rudd opens jobs fair, Sussex Coast College Hastings, 26 February 2016

Amber Rudd opening the Hastings jobs fair

Press release
Combe Haven Defenders [1]
Friday 26 February
Contact 07565 967 250
Photos: Local resident holds banner behind Amber Rudd as she opens jobs fair: http://tinyurl.com/ha29bs8

Outside the jobs fair: http://wp.me/a2G6x7-1kF
Local residents confront Amber Rudd at jobs fair over solar industry job losses

Cuts could lead to loss of 18,700 jobs, but save only 2p/day for householders

Hastings, 26 February: Local residents confronted Hastings and Rye MP and Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd at a jobs fair she had organised, to highlight the job losses and climate change impacts of the cuts she has made to subsidies for solar energy.

Residents gathered outside the jobs fair, organised by Amber Rudd at Sussex Coast College Hastings, with a banner reading ‘Amber Rudd’s solar cuts: destroying 18,700 jobs, destroying the planet’. The banner was held up behind Amber Rudd whilst she was formally opening the jobs fair (see http://wp.me/a2G6x7-1kG).

The Department of Energy and Climate Change’s own impact assessment document [2] shows that the cuts to solar subsidies could lead to the loss of up to 18,700 jobs in the solar industry, as well as increasing carbon emissions as solar energy is replaced with gas. Already a number of solar firms have gone bust as a result of the cuts [3], which will save the average household around two pence per day on their bills.

Announcing the cuts, Amber Rudd said ‘Subsidy should be temporary, not part of a permanent business model’. However, a recent IMF report shows that fossil fuel companies in the UK are given annual subsidies of £26bn on a permanent basis [4].

The event was organised by local anti-roads and climate change group Combe Haven Defenders [1]. Spokesperson Andrea Needham said, ‘We welcome anything that helps local people get jobs, but it is deeply ironic that Amber Rudd is organising a jobs fair at the same time as making huge cuts in solar subsidies which her own department says could lead to the loss of up to 18,700 jobs, as well as vastly increasing carbon emissions as solar is replaced with fossil fuels. The cuts will save the average household around two pence per day. Amber Rudd defends her cuts by saying that subsidy should be temporary, not part of a permanent business model, but that only applies to green energy: the UK government provides permanent subsidies to the fossil fuel industry of £26bn a year. We’re calling on Amber Rudd to start taking climate change seriously and to immediately reinstate the funding for solar energy.’

Contact 07565 967 250

NOTES
[1] www.combehavendefenders.org.uk
[2] The Department for Energy and Climate Change has estimated that the cuts to the solar feed in tariff (FIT) could cause the loss of up to 18,700 jobs in the solar industry:
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/486084/IA_-_FITs_consultation_response_with_Annexes_-_FINAL_SIGNED.pdf – see table C5 on p47
[3] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/11919688/1000-jobs-lost-as-solar-firms-go-into-administration.html

[4] http://www.renewableuk.com/en/news/press-releases.cfm/2015-08-04-imf-stats-show-uk-fossil-fuels-still-get-billions-in-subsidies-while-renewables-slashed

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