Monday, 14 January 2013

Fun Online Polls: Subsidies and yet more subsidies

The responses to last week's Fun Online Poll, with 74 people taking part (thanks as ever) were as follows:

The Coalition's FirstBuy loan guarantee scheme and relaxation of planning rules are for the benefit of... (multiple answers allowed)

Developers (aka 'land bankers') - 62 votes
Banks - 61 votes
Vendors (via higher house prices) - 46 votes
Landlords - 40 votes
First time buyers - 7 votes
Tenants - 3 votes

That seems about right to me.
Staying with subsidies, there have been all sorts of figures bandied round for the extra amount which each household has to pay via its electricity bills towards all this green tomfoolery like windmills and solar panels (which are a subsidy to large landowners and owners buildings respectively, if truth be told), as well as the transmission pipelines for offshore windmills.

According to The Torygraph, you are currently paying £60 extra a year (is that all? I thought it was much more than that), and will be paying about £180 extra a year in a few years' time.

So that's this week's Fun Online Poll: how many of you are happy paying how much extra?

Vote here or use the widget in the sidebar.