Cameron 'urged to reverse solar cuts to help meet Paris obligations'

Reports that the Prime Minister has been urged to intervene in planned cuts to solar power subsidies as a response to the signing of the Paris agreement on climate change at the weekend feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Guardian reports that the Department of Energy and Climate Change "is expected to announce a slashing of the subsidies for solar panels, potentially by nearly 90 per cent, in line with a concerted push by the government in recent months to roll back green measures. The move would be disastrous for the solar industry, businesses have warned, costing jobs and impairing the UK’s ability to meet its renewable energy targets." The newspaper says that Craig Bennett, the head of environmental charity Friends of the Earth, "said that that the Prime Minister should make no move to cut subsidies until he had asked his statutory advisers, the Committee on Climate Change, how the UK would meet its obligations under the Paris accord".

Writing in the Independent, Barry Gardiner, Labour MP for Brent North and shadow minister for energy and climate change, says the government’s "scattergun and short-sighted efforts on the environment are a national biohazard risk".

The Guardian also reports that house price growth is accelerating, with the latest official data "showing another robust monthly rise". The newspaper says that the "average cost of a home in the UK now stands at £287,000 following a 0.8 per cent rise in October, said the Office for National Statistics (ONS). It added that the annual rate of price growth has increased for the third month running and is now 7 per cent, up from 6.1 per cent in September and 5.5 per cent in August."

The Independent reports that Prince Charles "has been routinely sent secret cabinet papers for decades, giving him privileged access to confidential and market sensitive information, it has emerged". The newspaper says that news of the arrangement "follows the disclosure that the heir to the throne has regularly lobbied ministers over pet subjects including homeopathy, architecture, rainforests, rural housing and military spending".


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