Tessa has been elected to serve as one of two Liberal Democrats on the Energy Bill Committee, which will meet throughout June to scrutinise the new Bill, clause by clause, before it becomes law. Flyer for Public Meeting – Tessa Munt
Today, Tessa met with representatives of Friends of the Earth and the Citizens Advice Bureau to talk through changes which might improve the new Bill. Tessa asked for advice from both organisations on how to ensure that the Bill addresses problems such as rural fuel poverty (where more than 10% of a household’s income is spent on heating a home).
Tessa has approached many individuals for suggestions, including calling a meeting next Saturday for locals to discuss the new Bill and offer their suggestions for improvements. She said “All the major parties have welcomed the proposals. Nonetheless, I’m sure there are ways to make it even better and I hope the input from local people will help make this Bill the best yet.”
Tessa said, “I am really pleased to be so involved in this particular Bill as it covers many crucial matters which affect us on a daily basis. For example, I’d like to see changes to the way energy companies charge us. At the moment, the more energy we use, the less we are charged. We should be charged much less for the first essential units used, and only be charged more for any extra units used after that, which would encourage fuel economy.”
“The rural environment and the countryside have been my passion for many, many years and it is great to know that I have the chance to influence what happens next. With a few changes, I can see how a good Energy Bill could make an excellent Energy Bill, and I look forward to working with my fellow Lib Dems to do just that!”