Last year I asked Ofgem, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) & the new Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to start producing annual competition assessments which will look at the way energy companies operate in detail. They will also set out any actions they deem necessary.
Surbiton Post Office Modernisation and Surbiton station rezoning
In wishing everyone a “Happy New Year”, I’d like to update you on two of my long running local campaigns. From improving the service at local post offices to rezoning Kingston and Surbiton train stations, I think 2014 will be an interesting and critical year.
“There is no such thing as a free lunch” was one of the first things I learnt in economics. But it seems that Ed Miliband thinks there is. He seems to believe that you can have freeze energy prices for 20 months with no adverse impacts. It may have seemed a politically smart thing to do leading into the traditional period of energy price increases.
The shortage of primary school places is in the news – again.
The last time was around 2008, when Kingston and most London Boroughs began to experience a large unexpected rise in demand. The latest figures show the trend has continued. In fact, this time it’s affecting more areas of the country.
The Energy Bill returns to the House of Commons tomorrow. It’s a crucial Bill that will help deliver all of the above, but clearly one issue – the 2030 decarbonisation target for the power sector – has been the focus of much attention over the last few months.
Kingston Hospital saw a triple win in May – winning Foundation Trust status, retaining its “Top 40” position in a comparison of all Britain’s NHS hospitals and, best of all, receiving confirmation that it’s A&E and Maternity will stay open, as promised.
April saw significant changes to tax and benefits. Some say these are unfair – claiming the rich are benefitting, whilst the poor are taking the hit. Others argue the changes don’t go far enough, saying our welfare system is “broken”.
The green deal lets homes and businesses pay for energy efficiencyimprovements, such as insulation or a new heating system, through savings on their fuel bills. A typical three-bed semi could save around £270 a year with solid wall insulation alone.
The formal opening is just a few weeks away, but the fabulous news is that Surbiton’s new health centre is open for patients – after years of campaigning.
Last month, I was lucky enough to get a tour of the centre from the superb team that have managed this major NHS project – on time and on budget. What hits you is the high quality of the building and its facilities.
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