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Cold homes 'could kill 11,000 in region by 2030'

Almost eleven thousand vulnerable people in Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire could die in the next fifteen years because they're unable to heat their homes.

The charity National Energy Action's released figures warning about the threat to vulnerable people from cold homes Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

That's the stark warning from the charity National Energy Action says domestic energy consumers are being hit hard by Treasury energy taxes. They're calling on politicians to address the issue as a matter of priority ahead of the general election.

Government figures show there are currently 4.5 million households which are unable to properly heat their homes across the country.

  • In Yorkshire and The Humber, 244850 households (10.8%) live in fuel poverty.
  • NEA believes that of the 3000 'excess winter deaths' in Yorkshire and The Humber every year, 30% of these were attributed to cold homes.
  • Fuel poor households in Yorkshire and The Humber typically need to pay£440 more than their more affluent neighbours to sustain a warm home.

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Hull Council approve new budget

Hull City Council has approved new budget proposals which include a 1.95 per cent rise in council tax.

The authority said it was struggling against central government cuts of £41 million.

Councillors said the increase of council tax was preferable to adding to the £28 million the council already needed to save in 2015/16. Library opening hours will also be limited in an attempt to cut costs, while leisure services will be transferred to an "arms-length" council company.

Ahead of the city hosting the City of Culture celebrations in 2017, the city's gallery is to be refurbishes with £1 million in capital funding and a further £500,000 is to be put towards hosting the Turner Prize that year.

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Falling profits force closure of two power plants

The owner of British Gas is closing two power stations in northern Lincolnshire with up to 100 jobs thought to be under threat.

Centrica is blaming falling profits caused by cheaper bills and more customers switching suppliers for the decision to shut its sites at Killingholme and Brigg.

The company had earlier tried to sell the Killingholme site, along with the one at South Humber Bank, but did not receive the required bids.

James Webster reports:

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Centrica boss: 'We will be cutting future investments'

The boss of British Gas owners Centrica has said the company will be cutting its investments in order to lower costs following a "difficult year" which saw their profits fall by 35%.

Iain Conn says Centrica will cut spending on investments Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

CEO Ian Conn said: "2014 was a very difficult year for Centrica and the recent fall in oil and gas prices creates further challenge.

"We are cutting investment and costs in response."

Lincolnshire power plants face closure

Centrica, the owner of British Gas, is to close two power stations in Northern Lincolnshire, it has announced this morning.

Lincolnshire power plants face closure Credit: Press Association

The company which recored a big fall in profits says it is to close Killingholme and Brig power stations after failing to find a buyer for plants it was trying to sell.

It is thought the two plants employ around 70 permanent staff.

Yorkshire tourism business calls for tax reduction

Visitor attractions and tourism businesses in Yorkshire are among those spearheading a campaign to cut VAT from 20 per cent to just five per cent.

They say the change would boost the economies of Yorkshire and the North East by almost four hundred million pounds every year.

The UK has one of the highest rates of tax for the tourism industry in Europe. Campaigners claim the 20 per cent rate deters foreign visitors and sends Brits holidaying abroad rather than at home.

Julie Harison reports:

North Yorkshire council tax to rise by 1.99 per cent

North Yorkshire County Council has approved a new budget which includes a rise in council tax.

North Yorkshire County Council has approved a new budget which includes a rise in council tax. Credit: Press Association

The authority approved the rise of 1.99 per cent, which works out at over 40 pence per week for the average Band D household.

The budget plans, including a medium term financial strategy, are aimed at saving money and changing services to be more efficient.

Councillors say the rise in tax will generate around £4.8 million of the £363 million the council needs to save.

As well as approving the budget, members voted for changes to their allowances which will save £2,300 every year.

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