The government has launched a consultation on their policy of ‘rewarding’ local authorities for allowing fracking in their areas.
Their plan is for local authorities to keep 100% of the business rates associated with fracking (the usual amount is 50%). We feel this is tantamount to a bribe and, as central government funding of local authorities is being cut, councils may feel that the financial pressure to accept this payoff are too great to refuse. You can read more about this attempt at ‘cheque book planning’ in the Guardian.
Please email or write to Mr Hopkins MP, who is leading the consultation, and say why allowing local authorities to keep the business rates generated from fracking is wrong. (see below for contact details). Please write this in your own words – they take less notice of form letters in these sorts of consultations. Here are some points you can make in your response: