Green fuel 'tax' less than £100
THE cost of Government support for low-carbon electricity under the new Energy Bill will add less than £100 to the average household's bills annually, Energy Secretary Ed Davey said today.
Critics claim that the legislation will send consumers' bills soaring, by authorising ministers to put £7.6 billion towards "green" power generation in 2020, up from £2.35 billion this year.
But environmentalists say the Bill does not go far enough, because it does not include a target to slash carbon emissions from the power sector by 2030 – although it does include the power to set a target in 2016 if it is considered necessary.
ANIMAL welfare campaigners who secretly filmed a performing elephant being chained and hit with a pitchfork have condemned the "derisory" sentence given to a circus owner convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to the animal.
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Bobby Roberts was also convicted of failing to prevent an employee from repeatedly beating 60-year-old Anne, an Asian elephant.
In addition, Roberts, 69, who ran Super Circus in Polebrook, Cambridgeshire, failed to ensure that Anne's needs were met by not giving her medication for her arthritis.
He was given a three-year conditional discharge at Northampton Crown Court but was not ordered to pay costs and was not banned from owning animals.
His wife Moira, 75, was cleared of all three charges by District Judge David Chinnery following a five-day trial.
WAGE rises have slumped to their lowest level for over two years, dipping well below the rate of inflation, according to a new report.
Median basic pay rises in the three months to October were 1.8 per cent, compared with RPI inflation of 3.2 per cent, said research group XpertHR.
A study of almost 100 settlements found the first increase in the gap between pay rises and inflation since April.