Job losses in steel industry and manufacturing will continue until we end environmental levies

Published Oct 16, 2015

jane-collins.jpgUKIP Employment Spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP has said any 'crisis talks' to stop further job losses in the steel industry "will just be a talking shop until we can throw off the shackles of the EU's green levies."

The Yorkshire and North East Lincolnshire MEP told Unions that if they really wanted to help people at risk from losing their jobs, they needed to focus on the reasons behind companies losing money rather than just asking Government to spend more.

"The EU directive on renewable energy has had a huge impact on power generation and the cost of electricity and gas as it bound Britain to a target of 15 per cent of energy demand to be met by renewable sources by 2020," she said.

"Because power generation is expensive and inefficient huge subsidies are needed to keep these wind turbines and solar farms going - and that's been lumped on top of energy bills."

"When Tata steel announced the closure of their Rotherham in July they specifically mentioned the high cost of electricity. Now we hear that another 1000 jobs are set to go in Scunthorpe, which will have a devastating loss for the local community as a whole not just the people directly in the firing line.

"Of course there are other factors such as the strength of the pound - but who'd invest in the Euro when it's a doomed political currency?" she added.

A study for the British government put the lifetime cost of meeting the renewables target at up to €351.7bn (£290bn) for the whole EU, including a bill of €93.1bn for the UK. Most of that cost burden has been picked up by consumers, contributing to a marked rise in the cost of living.

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