News from West Hertfordshire

Cutting energy bills – saving the planet

Nick Clegg announced this week that agreements have been secured with the big six energy companies that could cut energy bills for millions of people. The commitments will mean that EDF, E.On, Br...itish Gas, Southern, Scottish Power and Npower - who supply 99 per cent of British homes with energy - will now write to customers every year to specifically tell them what the best tariff is for them and how to get it. Many people are currently paying far more than they have to. Some vulnerable customers - those assisted by the Warm Home Discount scheme - will be contacted twice a year. Customers will also be offered the best tariff if their contract comes to an end and if they contact their supplier at any time to ask. There are more than 120 different tariffs. Currently, seven out of 10 people aren't on the best tariff for them. The average customer tends to stay on theirs for years, despite the amount of energy they use varying over time. In 2010, 75 per cent of people did not change their tariff. The governm

13 Apr 2012

Rickmansworth: This weeks e-news from the local Liberal Democrats

Good News - Liberal Democrat-run Three Rivers is one of the local authorities allocated money from the High Street Innovation Fund. Our share is £100,000. The aim is that local authorities, government, businesses and communities work together to promote new models of prosperous and diverse high streets and confidence in local high streets. Among approaches suggested are business rate discounts for new start-up businesses taking on empty properties and persuading landlords to support new occupiers, filling empty properties and increasing local choice for the local community. If you have any ideas about how this money should be spent to achieve its aims, please let us know. ........................................

11 Apr 2012
Sharon Bowles and Jean-Paul Trichet meet

"Enchanté, Madame!" Eurobank boss, Jean-Paul Trichet, meets Sharon Bowles

A year ago South West Herts resident and Liberal Democrat MEP Sharon Bowles was appointed Chair of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, Europe's top committee responsible for the regulation of financial services. At the time Sharon was tipped by the Financial Times to become one of the most powerful people in European finance. Since then her reputation for fairness and impartiality and her outstanding ability to master and analyse complex briefs has propelled her to the centre of international affairs.

12 Aug 2010

Lib Dems make gains from Labour in Hemel by-election

Liberal Democrats in Hemel are tonight celebrating a big gain in votes in Adeyfield West. Their candidate Steve Wilson saw the Lib Dem vote gain on a 10.95% swing from Labour. The result was a disaster for Labour whose vote has traditionally been strong in the area. While the Lib Dems went up 8.1% from 2007, Labour fell by 13.3%, and the Conservatives fell by 8.6%.

12 Mar 2010

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