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Plans_underway.JPGCaroline Flint was given first sight of a new development, when she joined UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, McCarthy and Stone, to break the ground at a new development in Bawtry.

William Bradford Court will provide 34 apartments for the over-60s; the first of which can be purchased off plan from November 2017.

PHOTO: Plans Underway. Richard Kerrison, Caroline and Laura Wrigglesworth. 

Said Caroline: “William Bradford Court provides another option for those in or approaching retirement to downsize and benefit from a supportive environment, but with their own independence.

“As we all live longer, we need homes designed for those who no longer want to maintain a family home and garden. To be in a low-maintenance development, supported by an on-site manager, in a secure setting is becoming a popular choice. McCarthy and Stone’s development here in Bawtry is part of a growing recognition that we may live a third of our lives in retirement, well beyond the age of 60 and we need homes adapted to that. I look forward to seeing the finished apartments.”

The development is aimed exclusively at people aged 60 and over, providing luxury retirement living free from external maintenance, and allows homeowners to enjoy an independent lifestyle in a safe and secure environment. William Bradford Court will comprise 34 one and two bedroom apartments, and will benefit from its very own House Manager, who will take care of the smooth-running of the development; while video entry and a 24-hour emergency call system will provide added peace-of-mind for homeowners.

McCarthy_and_Stone.JPGLiz Green, Regional Sales and Marketing Director McCarthy and Stone North East, added: “We are delighted Caroline Flint was able to take the time to visit our Bawtry site, and take a look at the plans for some of the fantastic apartments that will be on offer here.

“McCarthy and Stone is committed to designing flexible homes which allow people to make the most of their retirement years, and to live as independently as possible with the benefit of having a range of amenities right on their doorstep.”

Apartments at William Bradford Court will be available to buy off plan in January 2018, with the first homeowners moving in in the summer.

PHOTO SHOWS: l to r Louise Tucker-Kasonali; Customer Relations Executive, Richard Kerrison, Assistant Site Manager, Caroline Flint and Laura Wigglesworth, Senior Marketing Executive.

 

Caroline welcomes new development for Older Citizens in Bawtry

Caroline Flint was given first sight of a new development, when she joined UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, McCarthy and Stone, to break the ground at a new development in Bawtry....

Energy campaigner Caroline Flint today called on the Prime Minister to scrap their draft energy price cap bill and introduce a price cap now.

The MP has campaigned for a price cap for all standard variable tariff customers, says the Government has ample powers but their policy is beset by confusion and indecision.

“After months of indecision, the PM finally promised an energy price cap, which Greg Clark said could be in by this winter. Then they offer up only a draft Bill, which guarantees nothing happens for months.

“The PM should know that the Energy Act 2010 gives Clark the power to bring an Order before the Commons now to introduce a price cap.

“I don’t know whether the delay of publishing a draft Bill is simply incompetence or resistance within the Government to intervening in this market. Either way millions of people face higher bills this winter, unless the Government gets its act together.

The MP’s demand comes the same day Ofgem announced a price cap for 1 million more vulnerable customers. Ofgem’s action arose from a letter of instruction from Greg Clark in June, which asked to "extend the price protection currently in place for some vulnerable customers to more customers on the poorest value tariffs."

Said Caroline: “Help for vulnerable customers is welcome, but Ofgem’s action has been overtaken by the PM’s pledge to end unfair energy prices for the sixty per cent of households on the standard variable tariffs – the most expensive default tariffs. Clark even suggested that prices could be capped by this winter. That isn’t going to happen via a draft Bill; it needs Government to act now.”


NOTES TO EDITORS

THE LEGAL POWER
Under Section 26 of the Energy Act 2010, the Secretary of State has the power to introduce a price cap if one group of customers is treated less favourably than other customers by an energy supplier.
Section 26 reads:
“If the Secretary of State considers that some customers of an energy supplier (the “disadvantaged customers”) are treated less favourably than other customers of the energy supplier (the “advantaged customers”) as respects charges for energy, the Secretary of State may by regulations make a scheme for the adjustment of charges for energy with a view to eliminating or reducing the less favourable treatment.”
The act is clear s/he can make any assumptions or calculations needed to proceed.
The Secretary of State may make such assumptions and calculations as he or she considers to be appropriate for the purposes of this section, including assumptions and calculations to enable him or her to take into account—
(a)different charges for the same kind of energy, or
(b)charges for different kinds of energy.

Regulations implies bringing an Order before the House - a statutory instrument.

GREG CLARK BLUNDER
"We’ve said it would be better and quicker if they [Ofgem] used these powers straightaway," Mr Clark told the BBC's Today programme.
Mr Clark suggested that Ofgem should introduce the price cap, but he knows the energy companies can appeal this; and delay it.
The only way to get a price cap through by winter is for Clark to use the legal power he already has.

If Greg Clark really believed that Ofgem has the powers to price cap all standard variable tariffs, then why hasn’t he written to Ofgem to tell them to get on with it. That is what he did in June, when he asked them to help vulnerable customers. By July they were consulting on proposals

THE DRAFT BILL
A draft Bill to give Ofgem legal force to introduce a price cap is a timewasting measure. Draft Bills have a usual 12 weeks pre-legislative consultation. This means legislation is unlikely until 2018.

SECRETARY OF STATE WAS UNAWARE OF HIS POWERS
Caroline Flint questions Clark at BEIS Oral Questions on 12 September.
Caroline Flint: The Secretary of State knows that the concern for Ofgem, even though it has the power, is that energy companies would appeal to the CMA and frustrate the process. What he has not acknowledged today is that, under section 26 of the Energy Act 2010, he already has the power to introduce a price cap if one group of customers is treated less favourably than other customers by an energy supplier. Why does he not seek measures to introduce the power he already has?

Greg Clark: Ofgem is the regulator, and it had a report from the Competition and Markets Authority saying that consumers are being ripped off to the tune of £1.4 billion a year. We have a regulator with powers given by Parliament, and those powers should be used. That is the challenge for Ofgem. I would be very surprised and very disappointed if any of the big six, knowing the objectivity of the CMA report, were to protest and appeal against such a determination.

The Ofgem announcement can be found here:
https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/publications-and-updates/ofgem-extends-price-protection-1-million-more-vulnerable-households-winter

MP calls on PM to stop dithering over energy price cap

Energy campaigner Caroline Flint today called on the Prime Minister to scrap their draft energy price cap bill and introduce a price cap now. The MP has campaigned for a...

Caroline Flint has called on the Prime Minister to cap energy bills. The MP's name heads a list of 192 MP's, which includes 76 Conservative MPs, calling on the Government to introduce an energy price for customers on standard variable tariffs.

The full text of the letter to the Prime Minister is printed below.

Commenting on the letter, Caroline Flint said: "I favour an absolute cap, not a relative one. The Government has already asked Ofgem to set a maximum unit price paid by any customer with a prepayment meter.  That approach be extended to the sixty per cent of customers on standard variable tariffs."

“We are writing to urge you to extend Ofgem’s proposals of 3 July 2017 by introducing an energy price cap that protects all of the 17 million families currently on expensive Standard Variable Tariff deals, not just the 2 million vulnerable ones. While these proposals are a step in the right direction it is clear we must do more to protect the further 15 million households who continue to be preyed on by the big 6 energy firms.

“As you can see from our signatures below, the idea has substantial cross-party support. It was promised in the three leading party manifestos and a temporary, relative price cap has support from most of the ‘challenger’ energy firms – the insurgents who are challenging the dominance of the ‘Big 6’ incumbents, and providing choice and stronger competition, which benefits consumers.

“We hope you will work with us and Ofgem to stop this Big-6 stitch-up, and pledge to help the millions of households who Ofgem seem set to ignore.”

 

192 MPs urge Government to introduce Energy Price Cap

Caroline Flint has called on the Prime Minister to cap energy bills. The MP's name heads a list of 192 MP's, which includes 76 Conservative MPs, calling on the Government...


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