The Chancellor will have have more money to play with than was forecast. How he uses these additional resources will tell us a great deal about his priorities.
To protect those in fuel poverty, some of the revenue from the gas carbon charge could be given back as a carbon cheque to vulnerable households.
If the Treasury gets its way, the Chancellor will score a big victory. But Ministers should watch for Labour stealing their thunder over taper rates.
It’s absurd to demand the right to force Scotland into lockdown when you need the British Treasury to pay for it.
For some consumers, the Government may be repeating Labour’s mistakes – when it pushed for everyone to buy diesels.
Covid-19 is likely to have lasting effects on our preferences, where and how we want to work, and where we are able to travel.
As Chancellor, he has almost unique scope to make the presence of the UK felt in people’s lives throughout the country. That carries risks.
Simply letting the target impose steep costs on ordinary households might please the Treasury, but would be politically toxic.
Much of Westminster seems hell bent on pursuing net zero – never mind what this means for the average household.
My view is that the only way to help square this circle is to rediscover our concern for public service reform.
The first piece in a mini-series on ConHome this week on Net Zero and climate change.
They should be held accountable for bettering the academic progress of the most deprived students.
It won’t be sufficient to cover the costs just for the lowest income voters – most voters will need environmentally sustainable options to be heavily subsided.
That schooling can improve earning potential doesn’t mean that ever-more schooling is good for all kids in the aftermath of a pandemic.
The second of a mini-series of pieces on ConHome this week about the most distinctive of the Prime Minister’s big aims.