Category Archives: Privatisation

Public ownership through community energy

The main objection to bringing the electricity and gas industries back into public ownership is the cost to the taxpayer. A new report challenges that assumption and offers a new model. The report challenges a previous assertion by stockbroking firm Jefferies that the cost could be as high as £185 billion. It estimates that the …

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Public water contract – ultimate in market madness

Paying a privatised English water company to provide Scottish public water to Scotland’s public services has to be the ultimate in market madness. An article in yesterday’s SundayTimes reports that the Scottish Government is about to award a massive contract to provide water and waste water services for most of Scotland’s public bodies to Anglian …

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Not a good week for energy companies

SSE is to be fined £10.5 million for mis-selling – the largest ever penalty imposed on an energy company. Ofgem said it found “failures at every stage of the sales process” across SSE’s telephone, in-store and doorstep selling activities. Ian Marlee, managing director for markets at Ofgem, told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: “This is …

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Municipalisation of private utilities

The economic crisis is being used as an excuse to privatise utilities across Europe. This is most evident in Greece and Portugal – although there are strong  anti-privatisation campaigns in both these nations. Recent research from the Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU) at the University of Greenwich shows that the trend in Europe has …

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