Timidity costing green jobs, says TUC

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Hundreds of thousands of jobs are at risk because of politicians’ “timidity” on investing in green measures, the TUC has claimed.

A report said Britain was losing the global race on green growth, as some MPs start to “wrongly blame” green subsidies for soaring energy bills.

An analysis by the TUC found that gas and electricity prices have risen by 152 per cent over the past decade, four times faster than inflation, even before the latest increases by British Gas and SSE are taken into account.

General secretary Frances O’Grady will tell the TUC’s annual climate change conference in London: “The Government has been guilty of dithering over two of the biggest challenges we face today – our cost of living crisis and the need to tackle climate change by reducing carbon emissions.

“Politicians’ timidity on green investment is costing us all dear. Cutting carbon emissions should be a great opportunity for the UK to create new apprenticeships and jobs.

“Moving towards a low-carbon economy could generate sustainable growth outside London and the South East.”